|SPORT(S)||Basketball, Football, Track and Field|
|PLAYED AT BSU||1942-43, 1945-48|
Russel Smith lettered in Basketball, Football, and Track, from 1942-1943, 1945-1948 seasons. During his basketball career Russel was All Conference, in 1945-1946 season. He became a Physical Education Teacher and Coach, from 1948-1970. From there he took his talents and became an Athletic Director, from 1970-1987. He got inducted into the Minnesota Athletic Director Hall of Fame, in 1989. Russel was named Regional Athletic Director of the Year, in 1986-1987. In 1958 Russel was named Minnesota Sports Champion in Beltrami County. He also recieved the U.S. Senate Award for Work with Indian Youth, in 1950.