Smith Named Assistant Athletic Director and Head Men's Basketball Coach

The Johnson State College athletic department has hired Miles Smith Jr. '09 as the assistant athletic director and head men's basketball coach effective August 10th. Smith replaces Tommy Verdell who served as head coach for two years before leaving to be the assistant director of athletics and compliance officer at Bates College.

Athletic Director, Jamey Ventura is looking forward to welcoming Smith to the department. Ventura said, "Miles will be a strong addition to our staff. As a dedicated alumni and proven head coach, Miles will serve as an important touch point for student-athletes, alumni and community members alike."

Prior to taking the helm at Johnson, Smith was the first ever head men's basketball coach and admissions recruiter at the newly co-ed Wilson College in Pennsylvania. Prior to that, Smith spent one year at The College of New Jersey. As an assistant coach, he was responsible for player development, scouting, game day preparation and management, and recruiting of potential athletes for the Lions.

Smith also spent three seasons as an assistant basketball coach at Mercer County Community College, where he was involved in all aspects of the program, including player development and recruitment, and providing academic support for student-athletes. In 2010, he helped coach the Vikings to the Region 19 Championship and an appearance in the NJACC National Tournament.

Coach Smith is a 2009 graduate of Johnson State College, earning a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology/ Sociology. Smith was a starter throughout his collegiate career, and was named team captain and President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) during his senior year at Johnson State. Prior to Johnson State, Smith also attended Mercer County Community College where he graduated with an associated degree in Liberal Arts in 2005.

"I am grateful to be a part of the bright future that Johnson State College Athletics is building. Johnson State is certainly a place that that no other institution in the world can match. It is an honor to come back to Johnson State and lead the men's basketball program. I truly am excited about the opportunity to work with the student-athletes in helping them grow as individuals and achieve their goals."

Smith played in all 51 games during his two seasons with Johnson State and started in all 26 games as a senior point guard and lead the Badgers to the North Atlantic Conference playoffs. A tenacious and suffocating defender, Smith averaged 3.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game while blocking 30 shots and collecting 29 steals in his career. Smith poured in a career-best 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting in a 74-71 loss at home to Massachusetts College on December 8, 2007.

Lake Monsters release promo schedule


Appearances by former Vermont Expos/Major League shortstop Orlando Cabrera and former Boston Red Sox great Bernie Carbo, a Ted Williams Bobblehead giveaway, three "Hot Dog Heavens", and three post-game fireworks shows highlight the Vermont Lake Monsters 2015 promotional schedule, the team announced today. Opening day is June 19.


A member of the 1995 Vermont Expos and the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox, Cabrera will be at Centennial Field on Saturday, August 29th to sign autographs pre-game and throw out the first pitch.


A few of the other great giveaways at the ballpark this season include: children's BMX bike helmets on July 12th, Burton Backpacks to the the first 500 kids (5-18 years old) on on August 8th, a Ted Williams bobblehead to the first 750 fans on August 13th and Lake Monsters caps will be handed out on August 20th.


"Hot Dog Heaven" will make its ever popular return to Centennial Field as the three 25-cent hot dog nights will June 29th, July 21st and August 19th. Additionally, there will be three post-game firework shows on June 20th, July 25th and August 29th. CHAMP's Birthday Party will take place on Thursday, August 6th.


The annual "Summer of Love" will take place August 7th, while other theme nights include Princess Night August 12th and Halloween night August 28th. The Lake Monsters also excited to announce they will hold their first-ever Star Wars Night on July 25th.


Click here to view the complete Lake Monsters promotional schedule here on the team website(link is external)


 Muzzleloader Antlerless Deer Permit Applications Available


Vermont’s muzzleloader season antlerless deer hunting permit applications are now available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website ( A quick-link to the information and application is provided on the home page.


“Applying online is a really swift, easy process that ensures your entry is immediately entered into the lottery,” said wildlife director Mark Scott. “Plus, it saves you postage. We encourage you to use the online application because it is more efficient for you and for us. Be sure to apply before the August 28 deadline.”


The Fish and Wildlife Board met on May 27 and approved the number of December muzzleloader season antlerless permits at 9,650 distributed in 10 of Vermont’s 21 Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) and to allow antlerless hunting during the archery season in 19 of 21 WMUs with WMUs E1 and E2 closed to the taking of antlerless during the archery and muzzleloader seasons. Youth hunters may take one deer of either sex during the youth deer hunting weekend on November 7-8, 2015.


Landowners who post their land may not apply for a muzzleloader landowner priority antlerless deer permit.


“The number of muzzleloader season antlerless deer permits was reduced from the 17,050 issued last year due to a decline in deer numbers caused by two severe winters in 2014 and 2015,” said Scott. “The department’s recommendation for antlerless deer hunting is based on population growth estimates, biological data, deer sighting rates reported by hunters, and winter severity data, as well as input from game wardens, foresters and the public.”


“We expect the statewide deer population to be 115,000 to 120,000 prior to the start of the 2015 deer seasons,” said Scott.


Vermont Lake Monsters release their 2015 schedule

Lake Monsters 2015 Schedule


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