Michael Smoose is in his fifth year with the Florida State Sports Information Office. The primary contact for the women’s basketball and track and field teams, Smoose has been a full-time member of the office for two years now. During his first full year he was the SID for volleyball and softball.
He began his stint at Florida State as a graduate assistant in 2003. While working on his master’s degree in business administration, Smoose served as the contact for the men’s tennis team as well as the swimming & diving programs. His worked helped former FSU tennis star Mat Cloer earn the ITA National Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award.
A veteran of the sports information world for 10 years, Smoose got his start in the business as a senior at Ohio University. While completing his degree in sports industry, he served as the primary contact for the Bobcats’ women’s basketball, baseball and volleyball programs. He graduated from Ohio in the spring of 1998.
Out of college he worked for a year as intern for the Fresno State University athletic media relations department. Smoose worked primarily with the men’s soccer and baseball programs in addition to Jerry Tarkanian’s men’s basketball program and the Bulldog football team.
Prior to his arrival in Tallahassee, Smoose spent four years in the sports information office at Northern Illinois University. During his tenure in DeKalb, Ill., Smoose was involved in many facets of the office, working with the men’s & women’s basketball teams, baseball, men’s & women’s golf, wrestling and gymnastics programs.
In addition to his duties at Florida State, for the last four years Smoose has worked as a press aide for the USTA Tallahassee Challenger professional men’s tennis tournament. The summer prior to his senior year at Ohio, he worked as a media relations intern for the Williamsport Cubs, the short season minor league team of the Chicago Cubs.
A native of Brookville, Pa., Smoose is engaged to Melissa Batie.