|Title:||Associate Director of Wieden Hall / Head Coach - Men's and Women's Cross Country / Head Coach - Men's and Women's Track and Field|
Chris Smith began his coaching career at UMPI, coaching Cross Country part-time in the fall of 1987 and 1988, while working on his second bachelor’s degree. He was hired full-time in December of 1989.
During his long and distinguished career, Smith has coached his teams to 19 Team Championships: the Northeast College Conference for Men (1990, 1992) and Women (1992); The NAIA District 5 Men (1992, 1993) and Women (1993); Maine Athletic Conference for Men and Women (1994); the NAIA Northeast Region X for Women (1994); the Dirigo Cup for Men (1995, 1999); the NAIA Northeast Region X for Men (1999); the NCAA AD3I Men and Women (1996) and Men (1997); and the NAIA Sunrise Athletic Conference for Women (2008, 2009, 2010).
These outstanding coaching results led to Chris being named Coach of the Year 11 times as follows: NAIA District 5 Men’s in 1992 and 1993; NAIA Northeast Regional Women’s in 1994, and Men’s in 1999; the USA Track Association NAIA Bi-Regional Men’s in 1999; the NAIA Maine Athletic Conference Women’s in 2001; the NCAA AD3I for Men and Women in 2006; the Sunrise Conference for Women in 2008, 2009, and 2010; and the North Atlantic Conference for Women’s Cross country in 2018.
Smith has had over 145 individual athletes earning spots on all conference, all district, all region, all Dirigo Cup, or NCAA Association of Division III Independents teams.
In addition to coaching Cross Country for UMPI, Smith is UMPI’s first outdoor Track and Field coach since it started in the 2017-18 season.
Smith has also served as the UMPI Hockey Club Advisor from 2006 through the present and as the UMPI Track and Field Club Advisor/Coach for 2010 and 2011. Race Directing is also a big part of Smith’s career. He has directed the UMPI Spring Runoff 5K since April of 1989; the 2010 Presque Isle Sesquicentennial 5K; the Caribou Labor Day 8K since 2009; the NAIA Northeast Regional preliminary and championship races in 1995 and 1999 with two races each year; the TAC USA (now known as USATF) age group races; and the Sam Ouelet Memorial.
As a runner coach Smith was the winner of the Aroostook Triathlon in 1983, 1984, and 1985. He qualified for and participated in the United States Triathlon Association National Championships in 1985.
Smith earned his Masters of Education degree from the University of Maine in 2002. Smith resides with his wife, Kim – who he met when they ran Track and Cross Country together in high school.
Leo Kashian is starting his first season at U-Maine at Presque Isle as sprints/jumps/relays coach. Prior to joining the staff at UMPI, Leo coached three years at Husson University as sprints/jumps/relays coach, for six years as track coach at Caribou High School and was later assistant coach of Caribou Middle School boys and girls track for three years. Leo also spent five years as sprints/jumps/hurdles/relays coach for men and women at the University of Lowell (now U-Mass Lowell), and for two years prior to that as assistant jumps/throws coach of girls and boys track at Billerica High School in Billerica, Massachusetts. During his tenure at Lowell, Leo coached two Open New England champions, a men's hurdler and a women's high jumper. The high jumper went on to set a school record 5'-10.75" while winning the high jump at the NCAA Division II National Indoor Championships. She later went on to place fifth at the NCAA Divisoin II Outdoor National Championship with a jump of 5'-8.25", thus becoming a double All-American
While at Husson Leo coached the sprints/jumps/relays during which time every men's sprint, jump, and relay school record was set as were numerous women's school records. Most recently Leo helped lead the Husson women's and men’s teams to North Atlantic Conference team titles in the spring of 2018. Leo has had many athletes under his tutelage qualify for and attend NCAA Division 3 New England Championship meets.
Leo is a graduate of the University of Lowell having earned a B.S. in Industrial Technology and a Master’s in Education. While at Lowell he was Team Captain his senior year, and he set school records in the 880 yd. run, 1000 yd. run, 1500 m run, and the triple jump. Leo placed third in the Open All-New England Championships in the indoor 880 yd. run in 1979 and placed sixth in 1981. He was also Eastern Conference Champion in the 1000 yd. run in 1979 and in the 800 m run 1981.
Leo and his wife Ann reside in Caribou and they have four children.