Chris Smith
Chris Smith
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
Phone: (207) 768-9472
Year: 33rd Season

Chris Smith began his coaching career at UMPI coaching cross country part-time in the falls of 1987 and 1988 while working on his second bachelor’s degree. His first, a B.S. in Health, Physical Education and Recreation with an emphasis in martial arts instruction, was earned in 1983. His second physical education, teaching degree was earned at the time he was hired full-time at The University in December of 1988.

During his long and distinguished, career Smith has coached his teams to 18 Team Championships:  the Northeast College Conference Men’s (1990, 1992) and Women’s (1992); the NAIA District 5 Men’s (1992, 1993) and Women’s (1993); the Maine Athletic Conference Men’s (1994) and Women’s (1994); the NAIA Northeast Region X Women’s (1994); the Dirigo Cup Men’s (1995, 1999); the NAIA Northeast Region X Men’s (1999); the NCAA Association of Division 3 Independents’ Men’s (2006 and 2007) and Women’s (2006); and the NAIA Sunrise Athletic Conference Women’s (2008, 2009, 2010).

These outstanding coaching results led to Smith being named cross country Coach of the Year 11 times:  NAIA District 5 Men’s (1992, 1993); NAIA Northeast Regional Women’s (1994) and Men’s (1999); the USA Track Coaches Association NAIA Bi-Regional Men’s (1999); the NAIA Maine Athletic Conference Women’s (2001); the NCAA AD3I Men’s (2006) and Women’s (2006); the NAIA Sunrise Conference Women’s (2008, 2009, 2010); and most recently the NCAA D3 North Atlantic Conference Women’s (2018). 

Smith has had over 150 individual athletes earning spots on all conference, all-district, all-region, all-Dirigo Cup, and NCAA Association of Division III Independents teams.  He has had teams or individuals compete in NAIA or USCAA national championships on 23 occasions.  Of particular note are the accomplishments of NAIA All-American Katherine Chabot (1996), USCAA two-time All-American Kayla Legassie (2012, 2013), and Maine All-State runners Charlie Violette (1991), Chabot (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996), Sara Richard (1995), Michael Waugh (1998), and Evan Graves (2001, 2002).

In addition to coaching cross country for UMPI, after coaching the UMPI Track and Field club team since 2010 Smith became UMPI’s first outdoor NCAA D3 varsity track and field coach with the spring 2018 outdoor season.  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 from 2009-2018, the NAIA Northeast Region X preliminary and championship races in 1995 and 1999 with two races each year, TAC USA (now known as USATF) age group races on the UMPI campus; and the Sam Ouelet Memorial.

As a competitor, 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 races in Boston, MA, Portland, OR, Fort Lauderdale, FL, and the USTA National Championships in 1985 in Hilton Head Island, NC.  Additionally, he has participated in numerous team triathlons, cycling races, road and cross country races, and continues in master’s level track and field meets.

Smith earned his Masters of Education degree from the University of Maine in 2002.   He is a USATF Level I coach and is certified as an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist.  He resides in Presque Isle with his wife, Kim, whom he met when they ran track and cross country together at Presque Isle High School.  


Janelle Humphrey
Janelle Humphrey
Title: Assistant Coach - Men's and Women's Cross Country
Year: 2nd Season

Janelle Humphrey enters her second 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.”