|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.