Jennifer Vining-Smith is in her third year as assistant athletics director for compliance at Notre Dame. She joined the Fighting Irish staff in July 2009 after spending the previous two years at the Big Ten Conference. In her current role, Vining-Smith is responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day compliance operation within Irish athletics. She develops, implements and monitors multiple systems and activities for NCAA, BIG EAST Conference and University rules compliance. Vining-Smith also provides and documents interpretations of all NCAA and conference rules for the department. She serves as the primary compliance contact for football, women's basketball, lacrosse, soccer, rowing and volleyball in addition to working with areas such as financial aid, high profile athletes, expenses and eligibility.
Vining-Smith is responsible for preparing legislative relief waivers, violation reports and student-athlete reinstatement requests. She also arranges for regular meetings to educate coaches, student-athletes, staff and other support groups on legislative process and current compliance issues.
In addition to her role within compliance, Vining-Smith serves as an administrator for the women's swimming and diving program.
As part of her role at the Big Ten, Vining-Smith served as the assistant director of compliance, where she provided interpretive support to the membership and processed secondary violations. In addition, she managed the league's drug-testing program and served as a liason to the sports medicine subcommittee and the men's swimming and diving coaches.
Prior to her two years with the Big Ten, Vining-Smith spent three years (2004-07) as assistant director of compliance at Northwestern University, preceded by a year (2003-04) as assistant compliance coordinator at Wayne State University. She spent 2002-03 as a compliance intern at the University of Louisville. Vining-Smith is a 2000 graduate of Manchester (Ind.) College, with a degree in athletic training. She earned her master's degree in sports administration from Louisville in 2003.
A native of Mishawka, Ind., Vining-Smith and her husband Jeremy Smith are parents of two sons, Braedyn and Kaleb.