Benedictine College Athletic Director has announced the additional of two members to the Raven Athletic Department support staff with the hiring of Dakota Smith as Assistant Sports Information Director and Chuck Hollwedel as Director of Athletic Performance.
Smith has spent the past two years as a graduate assistant for the sports information department, where he directly oversaw the Benedictine Raven Sports Network. His primary duties as Assistant SID will be to continue to grow BRSN while also aiding Assistant AD Josh Pound with additional duties within the sports information office.
"I have observed the high quality of work Dakota brought to the table for the past two years as he demonstrated a wide variety of skill sets as a GA working in our Sports Information Department," Gartenmayer said. "Dakota is a problem solver and a perfectionist at the same time. His focus in this new position will be on the Benedictine Raven Sports Network with plans to expand our product to weekly shows and overall coverage of Raven Athletics.
"I am extremely excited to provide our Sports Information Office the necessary help to make this happen. We could not have selected a better person to help us than Dakota."
Before coming to Benedictine, where he earned his MBA over the past two years, Smith earned his Bachelor's in Broadcasting from Pittsburg State University where he worked on the various aspects of their broadcasts from behind the scenes work to play-by-play.
Hollwedel is new to campus and comes to Benedictine from The University of Kansas where he earned a Bachelor of Science and Health, Sports and Excersise Science. He also is an experienced personal trainer and has been an American Council of Exercise (ACE) certified personal trainer since 2014.
"Chuck is going to make a major impact on Benedictine College as the Director of Athletic Performance," Gartenmayer said. "He is extremely knowledgeable in many facets of health and exercise science. Chuck has started, and will continue to develop, with the input of each head coach, a clear vision for success on the field through innovative techniques and methodologies for each program and individual student-athlete.
"Chuck is a great listener, approachable and is passionate about helping the student-athlete achieve maximum success. The most impressive trait that Chuck brings to Benedictine College is his faith and passionate walk with Jesus Christ. He is going to be a tremendous role model for our student-athletes by daily living our mission of educating men and women in a community of faith and scholarship. Chuck is going to 'Unleash Greatness' in our student-athletes."
Both Smith and Hollwedel officially began their duties within the Raven Athletic Department on July 1.