Director of Athletics
Since 2000, Cooper has served as the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations at SMU, where he is responsible for the coordination of day-to-day internal operations of the athletic department while assisting the director of athletics in supervising and providing leadership for department initiatives. He has been involved in the development of long-range and annual operating plans. Those functions include: personnel, conference liaison, fund raising, facilities operations, facilities enhancement, sports supervision, game-day operations, sports scheduling, academics and making financial bids on conference and NCAA Championships. Cooper also oversees the following support areas: community and guest relations, equipment room, sports medicine, strength and conditioning, video operations, team travel, stadium maintenance/concessions and security operations. In addition, he has also served on multiple committees for the university, Conference USA, Western Athletic Conference and the NCAA.
Prior to his current position at SMU, Cooper served as the Athletic Department's Community Relations Director from 1998-2000. He founded the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) for SMU and developed the curriculum for the SMU PIKE Big Brother Program (SMU/Dallas Public Schools Tutoring and Mentoring program). Cooper designed "Reading Our Way to College", a reading program for DISD fourth-grade students and created the SMU/MLK (Martin Luther King Center) "Road to the Pros" career lecture series featuring national sports, education and business leaders.
Cooper holds memberships to a number of organizations and serves as a board member for the Dallas All-Sports Association, SMU Advisory Board for the new student recreation center, Longhorn Hall of Honor, SMU Ex-Student Association, and the University of Texas Ex-Student Association. He also serves on the NCAA Championship Cabinet and is also involved in the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Dallas Asian and Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, NACDA and the University of Texas Longhorn Foundation.
The Paris, Texas native was recently added to the Wall of Fame at the Boys and Girls Club of the Red River Valley. Cooper played college basketball at the University of Texas from 1982 to 1985 and was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks. He went on to serve as a player/coach in the Netherlands, New Zealand and Philippines before returning to Paris in 1994 to become the Head Boys Basketball Coach and with Assistant Principal duties.
Cooper earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Texas in 1985. A two-time member of the Dean's List, he received the Texas Teacher Certificate in 1985 as well. Cooper collected a graduate certificate in mediation/arbitration from SMU in 2000 and earned a Master's of Liberal Arts degree from SMU in December 2001. Cooper was a four-year letterwinner of the men's basketball team at Texas, where he also was an assistant coach when they won a regular season conference title in 1986.
He is the son of Clarence and Barbara Cooper of Paris, Texas is married to Niesje and they have four children, Brandon, Danielle, Chanel and Ava.
Associate Director of Athletics for Business
The Gary, Indiana native comes to Texas A&M-Commerce with a solid professional background and the knowledge, management and interpersonal skills to help lead A&M-Commerce athletics to becoming a national leader.
For the last eight years, Smith has worked in the private business sector, primarily in financial areas and he will assist the athletic department with that expertise. Seven of those years were in the banking business were he was actively involved with the management, sales and training as well as customer service.
For nearly five years, Smith was a Sports Development Team Leader for Sports Tasman in Nelson, New Zealand. He was responsible for the organization and maintenance of the budget, sport development, fundraising and strategic planning.
Smith attended Gary Emerson High School, where he holds the all-time scoring and rebound records. He went on to be a four-year starter as a forward at the University of Arizona from 1979 to 1983, where he was an eighth-round selection of the Portland Trail Blazers. As a senior, he was voted team MVP and team captain. As a junior, he was named team MVP and team captain as well as first team all-Pac 10 in 1981-82 after averaging 14.4 points and 7.8 rebounds. He ranks among the best all-time in Wildcat history with 1,329 career points, 84 blocked shots and a 53.4% field-goal shooting percent. A three-time team rebounding champion and four-time blocked shots leader and he also tallied 16 double-double performances over his last two seasons.
After being cut by the Trail Blazers at the end of training camp, Smith went on to have a professional career throughout the world, eventually in New Zealand, where he met and played with Carlton Cooper in 1987.
At the University of Arizona, Smith earned his bachelor's degree in personnel management with a minor in business management.
Smith and his wife, Kimberley have two children Alex (12) and Toiya (8) and two dogs, Tolstoy and Squirt.
Smith has three sisters - Marilyn, Francine and Sonda - who all live in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex area.
Associate Director of Athletics for Academic Services/Senior Woman Administrator
Sackfield comes to A&M-Commerce after spending the last nine years as an associate athletic director for academic services for student-athletes at UAB. She has handled the development supervision of the an academic support service program that consists of over 300 student-athletes, seven full-time academic support staff, five graduate students and 20-30 part-time tutorial staff. She has also been involved with the development and implementation of a student development program designed to meet the needs of the student-athletes at the NCAA Division I institution.
Also, at UAB, she has developed a plan with administrators and compliance staff to ensure that all student-athletes are meeting the necessary academic criteria in order to remain academically eligible and graduate. She has also implemented initiatives to assist student-athletes in maximizing their overall academic potential through advisors, study tables, tutors and learning specialists. In addition, she has been responsible for the organization and implementation of a year-round sports clinic consisting over 600 children from the Birmingham city and county schools each summer.
Prior to entering athletic administration in 1999, she was the head
volleyball coach at UAB from 1992-1999 and at Georgia Tech from 1985 to 1991. She is an active member of many professional organizations, including N4A, NACADA and has also served on numerous committees and groups.
Among her duties are the administration and completion of NCAA certification of academic eligibility for A&M-Commerce student-athletes. Spurlock maintains eligibility and financial aid records on all student-athletes and serves a vital role in the liaison relationship between academic advisors, registrar, financial aid, scholarship and admissions offices. In addition to eligibility and financial aid responsibilities, she assists coaches in maintaining recruiting and playing and practice season records.
The Roswell, New Mexico native also handles the oversight and administration of athletic injury/health insurance for student-athletes in collaboration with multiple parties to ensure prompt and accurate payment of all medical bills.
As an assistant coach, she was involved in the tutelage of five all-Lone Star Conference selections and was an all-conference performer herself in 2001-02 as a senior. In addition, she was a recipient of the Susie Knause Memorial Heart Award and was named to the CoSIDA/Verizon Academic All-District and All-American teams in 2002.
She earned her bachelor's degree in finance from A&M-Commerce in 2002 and recently completed her master's of finance also at A&M-Commerce. She is the daughter of Charlie and Diane Sparnon, is married to Michael Spurlock of Commerce. They are the proud parents of a son, Damon.
For the last 11 years, Young has demonstrated an increase in knowledge and responsibility in sports medicine. He has served as the Assistant Football Athletic Trainer and Director of Undergraduate Student Athletic Trainer program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas for the last five years. While with the football team, he has supervised and assigned duties for two assistant athletic trainers, two graduate assistants and 20 student assistants. He was also involved with the coordination of all athletic training supplies for practices and games. Before working with the football team, he served as the head track and field and cross country athletic trainer, where he worked with six Olympians, three NCAA champions and 26 All-Americans.
Young has also been involved with student athletic trainers as well as sports coverage, including track and field and cross country. In addition to his intercollegiate experience, he has worked as an assistant athletic trainer for a Major League Soccer team and a National Football League team. Both of these experiences enabled him to work with professional athletes and the services for these year-round participants. Away from work, he has been actively involved with the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association, Jesuit College Preparatory School and Ryan Gibson Foundation for Leukemia Advocacy.
Young is married to Annie Taszarek of Dallas and the two reside in Dallas.
As the sports information, he is responsible for the compilation and dissemination of A&M-Commerce sports news, statistics and records for all 11 sports. He will also oversee the production and design of athletics publications, serve as the primary liaison to the media for the athletic department.
Before coming to A&M-Commerce, he spent the three years as a media relations coordinator at Florida International University in Miami, Florida and two previous years as the assistant director for athletic media relations at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. In addition, he did a pair of one-year internships at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He has served as the media coordinator for four conference championships, a NCAA regional and an NCAA Championship; in addition, he served on the media relations staff for the 2006 Fed-Ex Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida, 2001 World Basketball Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Eldridge, Iowa native was selected in the spring of 2006 as one of 10 inaugural members to Columbus State Community College's Sport and Exercise Sport Studies Hall of Fame. He earned his associate's degree from CSCC in 1996 and went on to earn his bachelor's degree from the University of Toledo in 1999. At both institutions, he worked with the media relations office in the athletic department.
An active member of CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America), he served as the vice-chair of the career enhancement committee during 2004-2005. He is in his fourth year as member of the job seekers committee.