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Jazz Name Steven Smith Senior VP Of Team Security

General elevated view of the playing court prior to the game between the Golden State Warriors and the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena on October 19, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Jazz have a new senior vice president of team security. On Tuesday, the team announced Steven Smith was appointed to the position. Smith is a nine-year veteran of Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment in guest experience.

“Through the years, Steven has demonstrated outstanding skills in executing security plans and programs to provide a safe environment for our players, fans and employees at our offices, facilities and events,” Jazz President Jim Olson said in the release. “Steven is a trusted colleague for our players and respected leader who brings tremendous experience and acumen to our senior management team.”

Smith has the nickname of “Cobra” within the organization. He’s personally accompanied Jazz players on non-team oriented trips, including traveling with guard Donovan Mitchell in China as he competed with Team USA.

Smith has been vice president of team security for the Jazz since 2015 before adding to his title. He graduated from the Executive Protection Institute and the Oglebay Venue Management school. Smith has overseen security at the Miller Motorsports Park, Smith’s Ballpark, and the Vivint Smart Home Arena.

According to the release, Smith is a native of Los Angeles. He relocated to Salt Lake City to play football at the University of Utah, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2004. Earlier this year, Smith was selected as a Utah Business Forty Under 40 recipient for his professional leadership.