Drae Smith, a Youngstown State graduate, is in his second year with the Athletics Communications Department as a Graduate Assistant.
Smith coordinates the media and social media publicity for the men's and women's golf programs and the baseball team. He hosts a Penguins Insiders Podcast with undergraduate assistant Mike Yourstowsky which offers insight into YSU Athletics and profiles student-athletes and coaches. He helps handle the radio play-by-play duties for the YSU women's basketball program and is part of the school's ESPN broadcasts for football and women's basketball. Additionally, Smith is the sidelines radio broadcaster for Penguins football games.
A native of East Palestine, Ohio, he is a veteran broadcaster who has experience in sports marketing. He spent two years as a show host and producer for Rookery Radio, the official YSU student radio internet station. He has served as a key part of the Penguin Radio Network for the past three years.
Smith earned a bachelor's in Business Administration from YSU graduating Magna Cum Laude in May 2014. While at YSU he was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society and received the WCBA Senior Leadership Award and a YSU Trustees Scholarship. He is currently pursuing his master's degree in professional communication.
He has sales experience working as a Director of Operations and Customer Service specialist at Golf Headquarters (GolfHQ.com) in nearby Boardman.