Youngstown State Mourning Loss of Coach Brad Smith’s Infant Son, Finn

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Youngstown State Mourning Loss of Coach Brad Smith’s Infant Son, Finn

Youngstown State’s swimming community is in mourning after the death of coach Brad Smith’s infant son in an auto accident this weekend.

Smith was seriously injured in the three-car crash on Friday. His eight-month-old son, Finn, died.

Per a post by the Youngstown State program, Smith is undergoing surgery and faces, “a long road to recovery.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover medical expenses for Brad and his wife, Becky.

Finn was a bright light who brought a smile to each and every person who met him. Becky and Brad are wonderful, loving parents and although nothing can bring Finn back, we hope this financial support can ease some of the burden. As Becky is self-employed, our goal is to raise funds to allow her time off from work, so she can focus on her family and begin the healing process. Brad will also need caregiving after his surgery. Anything you donate is very much appreciated.

Smith has spent five years as the head coach of the men’s and women’s team of the Penguins. They are coming off the best finishes in program history, the men’s and women’s teams each finishing fourth at the 2022-23 Horizon League Championships. The men placed 21st out of 41 schools at the 2023 CSCAA National Invitational Championships.

Smith is a 2007 graduate of the University of Vermont. He spent four five years as the head coach at Binghamton before being hired by Youngstown State in 2019. He also served for two years as the head coach at Western Colorado and three years as an assistant coach at the University of Maine.

To support the family, follow this link to the GoFundMe page.

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