Thanks for checking out INDIANA TOWN Athletics, a passion project that was created out of my concern for the future of K-12 education and high school sports. Travis Smith uses his training as a qualitative researcher and communicator to talk with every day people in Indiana towns to promote awareness of the issues and advocate for a more optimistic future at Indiana schools. I describe myself as many things, but none more than a husband to Kaitlyn, father to Jaxon (6), Chase (4) and Brooks (1), and a Christian who attends Connection Pointe Christian Church in Central Indiana.
I’m also passionate about education and sports, too, having spent the last 10 years working in college athletics at Indiana University, University of Indianapolis and Indiana State University. I have been hosting the Higher Ed Athletics podcast since 2019 interviewing NCAA Division I college athletic directors and presidents. A first generation college student, I earned my bachelor’s degree from IUPUI, master’s degree from IU and currently study as a 3rd year doctorate student in the IU School of Education training to be a qualitative researcher. I grew up in small town Danville, Indiana and graduated from Danville Community High School in 2007. My family and I have since left Danville and now call Plainfield home.
My hobbies include reading non-fiction books, specifically biographies, and just having conversations with interesting people, whether on my podcast or in off-air talks. And I enjoy the energy and nervous excitement in giving a speech. I also love attending my kids’ practices and games and shooting hoops or kicking the ball around in our backyard. And when I’m not doing any of these things, I’m a small business owner attempting to build a qualitative research business (focus groups/interviews/polling/observations) surrounding the improvement of education and sports in both K-12 and college.