Marty Smith Class of '98


Growing up in Giles County, Marty Smith ’98 knew from a young age what he was going to do with his life. “I always knew I would play baseball,” says Smith.

“Then I got cut.”

Smith, now a reporter for ESPN and host of “SportsCenter Presents: Marty Smith's America,” transferred to Radford University after his first year at Carson-Newman College, believing he had a good chance to make the Highlanders baseball team as a walk-on. He did not.

“I wasn’t good enough,” explains Smith. “After that, I didn’t know what to do with myself. I pouted, acted like a bum for a few weeks. Then I realized I needed to get off of my butt and figure out what I wanted to do with my life.”


Read more about Marty by following this link: Alumni Spotlight

Jun 26, 2018
School of Communication