Sports Information

Ron Smith

Ron Smith

Sports Information Director

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Ron Smith has served as the Sports Information Director for Westmont College since July 1, 2004. A member of the College Sports Informaiton Directors of America (CoSIDA) and the NAIA Sports Information Directors Association (NAIA-SIDA), Smith served on the NAIA-SIDA Board of Directors from 2009-2012 and 2013-2015.

From January of 2008 through January of 2010, Smith served as the SID representative to the Golden State Athletic Conference Administrative Committee and from September 2006 to May of 2008, served on the GSAC Player of the Week Selection Committee. He currently serves on the NAIA Player of the Week Selection Committee for several sports. In the summer of 2009, Smith redesigned the GSAC website, adding database functionality.

During his 12 years at Westmont, Smith has helped to develop the services of the sports information office. Some of those developments include:

  • Redesign of the Westmont Athletics website and creation of athlete profile and statistical databases.
  • Implementation of live high definition video broadcasting of home events for eight of Westmont’s teams (men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, baseball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s track and field). During the 2015-16 season, Westmont Sports Network’s programing began airing on community access televions in the greater Santa Barbara area. (Cox Channel 71).
  • Creation of the Warrior Update weekly email publication
  • Initiated eScores, Westmont Athletic’s text messaging system.
  • Improved Westmont’s game day operations.
  • Developed Westmont Athletics social media accounts.

Smith has won numerous awards from the NAIA-SIDA Publication Contest including four-first place awards for media guide production and a first place award for writing. He also received first place in District Eight (Western US) in CoSIDA’s Fred S. Stabley, Sr. Writing Contest in the category of Event Coverage. In May of 2011, Smith was one of three recipients of Westmont’s Employee of the Year Award and is a 2013 recipient of the Karem Holms for care and mentorship of student employees. Smith was also honored as the 2015 GSAC SID of the Year.

Before coming to Westmont, Smith was the owner/operator of Santa Barbara WebSmith for a period of four years. Prior to that, he served 17 years in local ministry, eight as campus minister for the Turnpike Road Church of Christ and nine as the congregational minister for the same church.

Ron and his wife Leslie have three grown children (Hannah, Josh and Naomi) and four granddaughters (Cailyn, Jaana, Ellie and Isabelle).

Kaci Mexico

Kaci Mexico

Sports Information Assistant

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Kaci Mexico has served as the Sports Information Assistant since August 1, 2015.

While at Westmont, Mexico played for four years on the Westmont Women’s Soccer team, serving as a captain her senior season. She also worked as a production technician for Westmont Sports Network. During her senior year, Mexico served as part of the leadership team for Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was construction leader for Potter’s Clay for three years. She also competed as a track and field athletes for her first two years. Mexico was a communication studies major at Westmont.

Mexico came to Westmont from Solvang and attended Santa Ynez High School where she was a standout soccer and volleyball player and competed in track and field.

Mexico currently covers women’s soccer and basketball and men’s and women’s tennis. She also serves as the supervisor for student-workers in game management.

Kaci makes her home in Santa Barbara and is also a communication studies tutor at Santa Barbara City College and a women’s soccer coach at Santa Barbara High School.

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  Westmont Sports Information Directors
2004-Present Ron Smith
1997-2004 Jeff Raymond (first full-time SID)
1992-1996 Nathan Barker
1983-1991 John Kirkgard
1982-1983 Elizabeth Brooks
1981-1982 Mike Lord
1980-1981 Caroline Hoag
1977-1979 Dan Swagerty
1976-1977 Bob Quackenbush
?-1976 Mike Clark/Tim McAlpin
1962-66 Charles Ireland
1961-1962 Rathburn Shelton
1960-1961 Rathburn Shelton/Jerry McCloskey
1956-60 Rathburn Shelton
  CoSIDA Academic All-America® Award Winners from Westmont
Christine Adams Women’s Soccer 2013 (2)
John Bertram Men’s At-Large (Tennis) 2014 (1)
Kelly Collins Women’s Track/Cross Country 2014 (2)
Coby Cress Baseball 2011 (3), 2012 (1)
Nate Fleming Men’s Track/Cross Country 2006 (1)
Katie Gardner Women’s At-Large (Soccer) 2000 (1)
Russell Harmening Baseball 2014 (2), 2015 (1)
Alison Hensley Women’s Soccer 2011 (3), 2012 (1), 2013 (1)
Melissa McGregor Women’s Track/Cross Country 2012 (2)
Katie Schick Women’s Soccer 2005 (1)
Kate Stuart Women’s Track/Cross Country 2012 (1)