PUSD Welcomes Bradley Smet as Director of Athletics for PHS/MHS
On October 2, 2020, the Piedmont Unified School District announced the selection of Bradley Smet as the new Director of Athletics for Piedmont High School and Millennium High School. Mr. Smet’s selection was based on his coaching experience and experience in Athletic Administration.
Mr. Smet has served as a head coach in baseball at Atascadero High School as well as an assistant coach in baseball and football at Atascadero High School and Templeton High School.
Mr. Smet played two sports while attending Atascadero High School, leading the Greyhounds as the starting quarterback on the football team and starting pitcher on the baseball team. He played football at Hartnell College and Sterling College where he served as quarterback on both teams.
He also has experience as an educator at the school site and in the classroom. Prior to his role as the Interim Athletic Director and Assistant Athletic Director in the Templeton Unified School District, Mr. Smet was a special education teacher in the Atascadero Unified School District.
While at Sterling College. Mr. Smet received his Bachelor of Arts in History. He earned his Masters of Coaching and Athletic Administration from the University of Concordia of Irvine.
PHS Principal Adam Littlefield coordinated the recruitment and selection process. Administrators, teaching and support staff, coaching staff, members of the PHS Athletic Boosters, and student representatives participated in the interviews.
PHS Principal Adam Littlefield commented, “The Piedmont High School and Millennium High School communities are fortunate to have a new Director of Athletics with Mr. Smet’s passion and enthusiasm for athletics. His interest in motivating, engaging, and developing student-athletes in and out of the competition environment is welcomed. I am excited to have Bradley as a member of our administrative team.”
Mr. Smet adds, “I am very excited to be joining the athletic program at Piedmont and Millennium High School, and am impressed by the long tradition of success that the student-athletes have had in and out of the competitive environment. Not only have the athletes excelled in their sports but also in the classroom. I will enjoy working not only with the students but also with the stakeholders involved in athletics to continue this impressive tradition. This year Piedmont High School is celebrating their 100th year anniversary, and I look forward to helping continue the strong traditions that were built over the past century.”
The District’s Director of Athletics is responsible for: recruiting, hiring, supervising, and evaluating coaches; developing and overseeing the Athletic Department budget; monitoring student eligibility; serving as the school representative of the West Alameda County Conference; partnering with the PHS Athletic Boosters; coordinating team schedules, transportation, equipment, and supplies for 49 teams; and ensuring a safe and supportive program for over 500 student athletes. The Director of Athletics, which is a part-time administrative position funded by the District, requires a coaching certification. The position was broadly advertised and there were 17 applicants.
Mr. Smet will start in this position with an annual salary of $56,663.