Coach Chris Smith began coaching at the UMPI in 1987. He can now claim having had the helm of the men's program for more than half its existence and has coached the women for all but three years of his tenure. Numerous individual and team awards have been attained, the most memorable being the All-American status of Katherine Chabot, numerous national qualifying team championships, and both individual and team academic awards.
Coach Smith has had at least one athlete qualify for and race in each national championship meet since 1989. In 2011, the Owls sent 4 male runners to the USCAA Championships, run in Lake Placid, NY. Along the way he has been named Maine Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, District Coach of the Year on two occasions, Region 10 Coach of the Year, and Combined Regions 9 and 10 Coach of the Year. He has also served as chairperson for various conferences, was a member of the national ranking committee for three years, and has been co-director/director of The County Cross Country Running Camp at UMPI since 1995.
Coach Smith has two undergraduate degrees in physical education from UMPI and a Master's Degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education from the University of Maine. His coaching philosophy is one in which academics are the overall priority with attention to the individual athlete being the focus. His comprehensive training program requires the balancing of running, racing, nutrition, psychology, rest, and recovery with the goal being the improvement of individual running economy, a major emphasis in his graduate work.
|Title:||Assistant Coach - Men's and Women's Cross Country|
Janelle Humphrey enters her first year as assistant coach for the UMPI Owl’s cross country running teams.
From 2005-2007, Humphrey competed for the Caribou High School cross country and track and field teams. While competing, she placed third in her first cross-country race at the Ellsworth Invitational. Her time of17:23 (2.75 miles), helped her team finish 1st overall. At the Fort Kent Invitational in 2005, Humphrey tied for 1st place, finishing alongside her teammate and a time of 17.02 (2.5 miles). Humphrey finished first in the 2005 Presque Isle Invitational 5k, with a time of 20:39. She set the course record for the Caribou High School Alumni/Community X-C Run, with a time of 17:30 (2.75 mile course). She competed in the 2005 Festival of Champions with a time of 20:40, earning a 19th place finish. Humphrey finished 11th in the 2005 Penobscot Valley Conference Championship meet, with a 5k time of 21:31.
During her career, Humphrey set personal best performances of 12:10.70 in 3200 meter run (Orono, Maine; Outdoor Track and Field; 2005), 19:49 in the 5k run (Caribou, Maine; S.W. Collins Road Race; 2005). Humphrey received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from the University of Maine at Presque Isle in 2012.
As an alumna, she is completely dedicated to the success of the student-athletes and the cross-country teams. Humphrey states, "I am humbled to be part of this programs future and I'm excited to work with the talented student-athletes, helping them reach their full potential.”