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Dr. Artie Smith

Artie Smith

Associate Head Coach
Women's Track & Field

The 2016-17 school year is the eighteenth in which Dr. Artie Smith '96 has served as a women's cross country and track coach at his alma mater, and the sixth year in which he has taken over the day-to-day responsibility for leading the women's cross country team. At the conclusion of the 2013 outdoor track season, Smith was recognized by the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as the Women's Assistant Coach of the Year for the Northeast Region. Smith was named Associate Head Coach for Women's Track and Cross Country in February 2014.  

Smith is also the author of a forthcoming book chronicling Cornell track and field's nearly century-long involvement in the TransAtlantic Series with Oxford and Cambridge. Entitled Lift The Chorus, Speed it Onward:  A Celebration of 100 Years of Cornell Track and Field and the TransAtlantic Series, the book will be published in 2017.  

Before returning to Cornell, Smith spent three years as a graduate assistant coach at Duke University, where he worked with the men's and women's cross country and track teams. A 1996 cum laude graduate of Cornell with a double major in history and Africana studies, Smith captained the Big Red cross country squad his senior year and was president of the Red Key Athletic Honorary Society. As an athlete for the Big Red cross country and track teams, he was the recipient of the John Reif Memorial Award, the John Moakley Award and the Clarence Spindler Award while competing in the distance events.

Smith received his Ph.D. in history from Duke University in 2006.  His dissertation examined the role of sport in African American communities in the Jim Crow South.