Dustin Smith, a 2004 graduate, is considered one of the greatest all around athletes to graduate from Hamilton. In his four years at Hamilton, Dustin played football in the fall, basketball in the winter, and track in the spring. He left his mark in all three of these, he was a part of the 2003 undefeated football team, he broke the career scoring record(3000 points) in basketball, and he was All-State in track.
After his high school days he moved on to play football his freshman year at Hope College. After that he transferred to Calvin College and played basketball under Coach VandeStreek who had been recruiting him throughout high school. He finished his college career at Calvin majoring in Media Production. After college he became a Commodity Broker in Zeeland like his father and brother.
We tracked Dustin down for an interview to see what he thought looking back on his amazing high school career. He enjoyed every part of it but his favorite memories were, of course, breaking the career scoring record and going undefeated in the regular season and moving on to win the conference in 2003. When asked what his favorite part of high school sports in general, “Nothing beats the friday night football games.”
We also sat down with Coach Kevin Spotts to see his take on Dustin’s sports career and his future beyond high school, “He was such a motivated athlete and committed to his sports that if he did the same thing in his life he could achieve anything.” His favorite memories were with Dustin on the track team, “the jack of all trades.” If they needed a spectacular performance from him to win, he came through, “We can’t remember a time he didn’t fulfill the assignment for us to win the meet.”
Dustin Smith is considered one of the top three athletes to graduate from Hamilton. He will forever be remembered for his hard work and dedication to every one of his sports.