Named the Alan B. ’53 and Elizabeth Heekin Harris Head Coach for Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, Dr. Artie Smith '96 is in his nineteenth year as a coach at his alma mater. 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 took over head cross country coaching duties in August 2011 and was named Associate Head Coach for Women's Track and Field in February 2014.
Smith is the author of a 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, it was published in April 2017. He also served the College of Arts and Sciences as an Advising Dean from 2008-2011.
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.