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There may be no more versatile staff member at the University of Georgia Athletic Association than Loran Smith.

The former long time executive secretary of the Georgia Bulldog Club and 1959 Bulldog track MVP and 1960 captain has been an important building block of what has become one of the nation's top athletic programs.

 

Smith has spent most of his professional life at UGA after graduation and during that time has held positions as Assistant Sports Information Director, Business Manager, and Executive Director of the Georgia Bulldog Club, and member of the Athletic Association Development Office.

 

He's also served as executive producer of the football coach's television show, packager of the game radio broadcasts, host of the Mark Richt post-game locker room show, and sideline reporter during the games. He still serves as co-host of the pre-game Tailgate Show. 

 

A native of Wrightsville, Ga., Smith is a past chairman of the State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1997. Smith is a former publicity director of the Coaches All-America game and former Secretary of the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association and Executive Director of the Georgia High School All-Star games. He is married to the former Myrna Warren of Covington, Ga., and they have two children, Camille and Kent, both graduates of the University of Georgia. They have four grandchildren.

 

Smith is a former chairman of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, which inducted him back in 1997, and he's done a career's worth of good work since to be worthy of induction all over again. After graduating with a degree in Journalism, Smith's professional life has covered a lot of ground. He's produced various Georgia football coach's television shows, created and sold sponsorships for radio shows, written more than a dozen books, primarily about Georgia athletics and The Masters, as well as continuously written columns that appear in numerous publications around the state.

 

Kind, loyal, a great worker, communicator and facilitator, there is a reason that Smith has so many things named for him. There is the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support at the Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center. There is the Loran and Myrna Smith Lobby in the Indoor Athletic Facility, which commemorates Smith's 50-plus years associated with Georgia athletics and he and his wife Myrna's many contributions to UGA. The lobby in the Indoor Athletic Facility features a collage of photos commemorating Loran’s association with UGA which has spanned more than 50 years. Also included is a large plaque which includes the text: Loran and Myrna:

“Georgia’s most gracious ambassadors for over 50 years, Loran Smith, the Southern gentleman, and Myrna, the Southern Lady, welcomed guests from all over the world onto the UGA campus and into their home always carrying the banner of the University of Georgia.”

 

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