KC Smurthwaite is in his second year at Utah State as a Major Gifts office for Development.
In his role for the Aggies, Smurthwaite manages a regional portfolio that helped Aggies Unlimited team generate $6 million. He helped coordinate the cultivation and solicitation of the Merlin Olsen Fund which set new highs in giving during the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Sport specific giving doubled with help of an outreach program that communicates with all former student-athletes. With the addition of the newly renovated Maverik Stadium, Smurthwaite assisted in growing premium seat giving from $430,000 to $1.4 million.
Prior to his current position at Utah State, Smurthwaite spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach with the Aggie softball team, where he worked directly with the outfielders, while assisting with recruiting.
During the 2016 season, Smurthwaite helped Utah State to its best season in 20 years, posting a 26-25 overall record while going 12-12 in Mountain West action. In his two seasons with the softball team, he helped the outfield to improved statistics across the board, while coaching four outfielders to all-Mountain West honors. The Aggies also set program records in runs scored, doubles, home runs, total bases, RBIs, stolen bases and slugging percentage.
Smurthwaite came to Utah State in the 2014 season, spending the year as a softball team manager and an assistant in the athletics compliance office. As a team manager, Smurthwaite helped by throwing batting practice, helping organize team travel, assisting in day-to-day duties and working with the infielders and slappers.
Prior to Utah State, Smurthwaite was an assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator at USU Eastern in Price, Utah. Smurthwaite originally signed with USU Eastern as a player, but injuries cut his playing days short, leading him to the coaching profession. During his playing career, he was ranked as high as No. 20 for recruiting region by Baseball Northwest.
While at USU Eastern, Smurthwaite also fulfilled a variety of athletic administrative roles. In those roles, he cultivated and solicited local and regional organizations for the Golden Eagle athletic programs resulting in $190,000.
Smurthwaite is fluent in Spanish after serving an LDS Church Mission in Morristown, New Jersey. He also spent time as a play-by-play TV and radio commentator at USU Eastern and Southern Utah.
A Meridian, Idaho native, Smurthwaite began his college career at USU Eastern. He graduated from Southern Utah with a degree in communication studies in 2013 and received a master’s degree from Utah State in physical and sport education in 2015. He married the former Emily Speas in November of 2016.
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