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Glenn Smith
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: University of Calgary
Graduating Year: 2002
Experience: 1st Year
Glenn Smith
Release: 10/09/2013

Glenn Smith is in his first year as the primary sprints and hurdles coach for both Iowa State men’s and women’s track and field teams.

Originally from Calgary, Alberta (Canada), Smith most recently signed as an Olympic Development Coach for the Canadian National Team, where he mentored the nation's elite sprinters and hurdlers.

Before his time with the national team, Smith served as the jumps coach in his time at Central Michigan, working with All-Mid-American Conference standouts Erika Schroll and Marcus Breidinger, coaching both Chippewas to appearances at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Smith also spent three years at Tulane working with jumpers, throwers and multi-events. Five student-athletes reached the NCAA regionals and two school records were broker under Smith’s tutelage.

Smith began his coaching career at Neosho County Community College where he was responsible for sprints, hurdles, jumps and multi-events. He sparked a one-year turnaround in the program that saw both women’s and men’s teams gain national recognition, finishing 15th and 18th in the country, respectively. Smith coached five NJCAA All-Americans and six conference champions during his time at Neosho.

Iowa State director of track and field and cross country Martin Smith is excited to have Glenn on the Iowa State coaching staff.

“Adding Glenn to our staff is very exciting because of the experience he has working with upper tier sprinters and hurdlers,” Smith said. “His demeanor and coaching style will be a very positive fit for our student athletes. Glenn brings an extra dimension in recruiting because of his international experience as both an outstanding athlete and as an experienced coach.”

Smith had an impressive 14-year professional career as a world-class sprinter. He was a six-time Canadian National Team member, competing in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m and 4x400m. His career culminated in a 13th place finish in the 200-meter dash at the 1999 International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Track and Field Championships in Sevilla, Spain. Smith was the Canadian national champion in the 200m that season, earning the Fred Tees Memorial Award for outstanding athlete enrolled in a Canadian University.

Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Calgary in 2002 and a master’s degree in sports science and nutrition from Texas in 2005.

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