A member of the OKWU family for almost eight years, first as a student and now a coach, Gary Smith enters his fifth season with the program this fall – his fifth as head track coach and fourth as the cross country coach.
Smith, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, earned his Bachelor of Science degree from OKWU in 2008. He also went on to complete his Master of Business Administration in 2012.
As an athlete, Smith, who has almost 20-years of running experience, competed in the short sprint events and took part in National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Indoor and Outdoor Championships. He also helped the men’s track team to an MCAC Outdoor Conference title.
However, injuries played its part in Smith’s desire to continue his career in the sport and so he decided to coach instead.
As a coach, Smith has won two cross country conference titles, in addition to being named MCAC Coach of the Year, twice as well. His men’s cross country team finished ninth at the NCCAA championships in 2010, while the women’s team qualified for the NAIA National Championships.
Smith coached nine All-Americans in both track and cross country, and played his part in coaching three national champions, at both indoor and outdoor championships.