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

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

In his first year with the program, Smith led his athletes to numerous career performances and coached first-team All-American Ese Okoro to the NCAA podium in the 400-meter hurdles. In the men’s 400-meter hurdles, Smith mentored freshman Derek Jones during his ascent in the conference rankings, culminating in a third-place finish at the conference championships.

Smith’s women’s 4x400-meter relay squads posted four of the top-5 performances in program history, clocking two top-5’s in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. A key contributor to the relay squads was indoor record holder Kendra White. White notched the program’s fastest time ever in the event, clocking a 54.11 at the Bergan Invitational. Under Smith’s tutelage, White went on to best that mark three times in the outdoor season to rank No. 4 on the all-time outdoor list.

In the 110-meter hurdles, Smith also coached Ryan Sander to the fastest time run in the event by a Cyclone since 2001.

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 a pair of All-Mid-American Conference standouts in high-jumper Erika Schroll and pole-vaulter 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 broken 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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