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Martin Smith
Position: Director of Men's and Women's Track and Cross Country
Hometown: Alexandria, Va.
Alma Mater: Bridgewater
Graduating Year: 1974
Experience: 1st Year
Martin Smith
Release: 07/08/2013

Five-time national championship coach Martin Smith is the new Director of Track & Field / Cross Country at Iowa State University, Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard announced in June 2013.

Smith served most recently as Head Coach for Track & Field / Cross Country at Oklahoma (2005-13), where he led the Sooners to 2007 Big 12 outdoor championship, their first in nearly 30 years. 

Prior to that, he led or worked with track & field and cross country programs at Oregon (1998-05), Wisconsin (1983-98), Virginia (1980-83) and George Mason (1979-80). His coaching career started at Oakton (Va.) High School, where his team won a state title.

Smith’s expertise and greatest successes have come in the distance events and cross country and that will likely be the backbone of his Iowa State teams, too. Smith will lead a Cyclone program poised to establish itself as a collegiate power for long-distance runners.

Smith’s teams won national championships in 1981 (Virginia women’s cross country and indoor track), 1982 (Virginia women’s cross country) and 1985 and 1988 (Wisconsin men’s cross country).  In a 35-year collegiate career, Smith has coached nearly 300 All-Americans and his teams have won 25 conference championships.

Smith was two-time (1985 and 1988) NCAA Cross Country Coach-of-the-Year for the Badgers, and he has earned nine league Coach-of-the-Year honors in three different conferences. He was Big 12 Men’s Coach of the Year both outdoors (2007) and indoors (2010) at OU.

In six seasons with the Sooners, Oklahoma set all-time Big 12 best finishes in all six of the sports he supervised (women’s and men’s indoor and outdoor track & field and cross country). OU won the Big 12 Men’s Outdoor title in 2007 and added a Big 12 Men’s Indoor championship in 2010.

The Oklahoma women’s program had its best-ever finish at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship (fourth) in 2011 and the men’s program was fifth nationally in the John McDonnell “Program-of-the-Year” standings (conducted by the USTFCCCA) that season.

Oregon recorded 15 Top-20 finishes at the NCAA Championships during his tenure there. He coached 65 All-Americans with the Ducks and directed both the men’s and women’s track & field and cross country programs beginning in 2003 after the retirement of Tom Heinonen.

The Cyclone track & field program will focus on enhancing its brand as a premiere program in which to train and compete.

Smith is known as a relentless recruiter and superb program builder and motivator. His methods are well tested and successful.

Smith, a native of Alexandria, Va., earned his B.A. degree in history and political science from Bridgewater College (1974). The three-sport letterman for the Eagles was inducted into that institution’s athletics hall of fame in 2004.

He is married to the former Renee Schwister, who has one son (Ross).

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