Glenn Smith Added As Sprints and Hurdles Coach
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State director of track and field and cross country Martin Smith announced the hiring of Glenn Smith to the Track and Field coaching staff today. Smith will take over responsibilities as the primary sprints and hurdles coach for both men’s and women’s teams.
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 served as the jumps coach in his time with the Chippewas, working with All-Mid-American Conference standouts Erika Schroll and Marcus Breidinger, coaching both to appearances at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Prior to coaching at Central Michigan, Smith coached 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.
Smith was a world-class sprinter and ran to an impressive 14-year career. 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.