Michael Smith
Michael Smith

Position:
Head Women's Cross Country Coach/Assistant T&F Coach

Alma Mater:
Georgetown '02


08/28/2014

Georgetown Women's Cross Country Tabbed No. 5; Men's Team No. 29 in Preseason Rankings

The women's team sits atop the Mid-Atlantic Region in the preseason poll

11/23/2013

No. 6 Georgetown Women's Cross Country Takes Fifth at NCAA Championships

The Georgetown women battled unfavorable conditions to take fifth at the NCAA Championships; the men's team wins the IC4A Championships

11/15/2013

No. 4 Georgetown Takes Second at Mid-Atlantic Women's Cross Country Regionals as Men Finish Third

The Georgetown women boast a 12-second spread over five runners and are in good position for the NCAA Championships next weekend

10/19/2013

Fifth-Ranked Women's Cross Country Wins Pre-Nationals

No. 24 Georgetown men's cross country finishes 26th at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational with a light roster

10/19/2013

Fifth-Ranked Women's Cross Country Wins Pre-Nationals

No. 24 Georgetown men's cross country finishes 26th at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational with a light roster

Michael Smith, a former All-America runner for the Hoyas, joins the Georgetown staff, taking over as head women's cross country coach. Smith arrives on the Hilltop from Flagstaff, Ariz., where he assisted physiologist Dr. Jack Daniels, often regarded as the "World's Best Coach" from 2006-09 at the Center for High Altitude Training, a U.S. Olympic training site for long distance runners.

Smith's work included overseeing the training and management of some of the country's most high-profile distance runners training at altitude. At the Center for High Altitude Training, Smith's duties included management of international training camps, funding of U.S. distance runners, as well as maintaining liaisons with the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) in operation of the Center's Community Olympic Development Program.

In 2009, Smith was named the elite athlete liaison for Hypo2 Sport Management, in Flagstaff, Ariz. Smith's work with Hypo2 saw the training camp management of 147 athletes competing in the 2012 London Olympics. In the summer of 2012, Smith was chosen to work with the coaching staff of the Japanese Association of Athletic Federation's women's marathon team for the 2012 Olympic Games. While specializing in long distance runners, Smith's sport management work also covered the altitude training of the Australian Football League's Collingwood Magpies, Brisbane Lions, and Gold Coast Suns.

Smith was the founder, coach, and executive director of Team Run Flagstaff, a 501c3 non-profit organization providing community running programs to a membership of over 300. His coaching saw him work with runners of all levels, from beginner to professional. Smith's programs have been multiple recipients of the Flagstaff Community Foundation's Health and Human Services grants.

A former Hoya co-captain, Smith was an All-BIG EAST, All-Region, and All-America cross country runner. He won the Mid-Atlantic Regional as well as earned All-America honors in 2002. He was a member of Student-Athlete Advisory Council as well as the recipient of Rev. Edmund Bunn Memorial Award in 2003, an award that goes to the outstanding cross country runner at Georgetown.

With a marathon best of 2:19:43, Smith was a qualifier for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon, competing in November 2007. He is a three-time winner of the 120-mile Gore Tex TransRockies Stage race, as well as the winner of the 2009 Trail Running World Master Race in Dortmund, Germany.

Smith is a 2002 graduate of Georgetown and a 2006 graduate of American University. He resides in Washington, D.C.

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