March 6, 2015
WASHINGTON - Assistant Women's Track & Field Coach Michael Smith was named the Mid-Atlantic Women's Assistant Coach of the Year, as announced today by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). This is Smith's first coaching accolade from the organization in the sport of track & field.
Smith earns the honor in the midst of an impressive indoor season that has seen 10 times among the top 50 recorded in the country this collegiate season - all coming from his areas of expertise, the middle distance and distance.
"I'm honored to be recognized the USTFCCCA for my work with the student-athletes at Georgetown," Smith said. "Awards and recognition like this one are really just reflections on our athletes. I share this honor with the women who race for Georgetown with the heart that they do and who represent our University in the fashion that they do."
Already this season, Smith has compiled and coached the nation's leading distance medley relay (DMR) squad, timing in at 10:57.71, which is the best collegiate time this season and the top seed going in to the 2015 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, held in Fayetteville, Ark. Additionally, four of his athletes will travel to nationals in individual events with All-American Sabrina Southerland (New York, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo) and Becca DeLoache (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) qualifying in the women's 800-meter run, while All-Americans Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) and Samantha Nadel (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore) both qualified in the women's 3,000-meter run.
In just his third season on the GU coaching staff, he coached three athletes to individual titles, as well as the championship distance medley relay, at the 2015 BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships last weekend, held at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the historic Armory in New York City.
Southerland won the 1,000-meter run on her home track, as she grew up competing regularly at the Armory. Smith's coaching efforts helped make conference champions for the first time out of DeLoache (500m) and Nadel (3,000m). In the first finals event on the track, Smith was tasked with defending the DMR title from 2014. Not only did the GU alum compile a squad to defend the title, he put together an entirely new lineup, showcasing the depth of the program that Smith has helped develop over the last three seasons.
"It is an equal reflection on my coaching as it is on the athletes," Smith explained further. "Great athletes just make the coach look good and I really feel that's the case at Georgetown."
Smith, who also serves as the Head Women's Cross Country Coach, is no stranger to fanfare after being named the BIG EAST Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year as well as the USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Region Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year during the 2014 season.
The Georgetown University track & field program will travel to the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, held March 13-14 in Fayetteville, Ark. The men's program qualified three individual athletes as well as a DMR squad while the women send four individuals and a DMR foursome.