Michael Smart was named head Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Coach at Essex County College in October 1986. A native of Newark, Smart returned to the college for which he had competed in 1973-75.
Smart is the only coach at Essex County College who played for and coached a National Championship team in the college’s sports history. He was named an All-American twice in the 1970s. During the past 28 years, Smart was named National Junior College Coach of the Year four times and honored by the NJCAA Region XIX three times. He was also named District/Region Coach of the Year 20 times.
Smart has developed 2 Olympic Champions (Melaine Walker 400IH, 2008 and Demetrius Pinder 4×400 meter relay, 2012), 8 Olympic medalists, 38 Olympians, 4 World Champions, 280 NJCAA National Champions, 431 All-Americans, and over 500 All-Region XIX picks. His runners currently hold all three Women NJCAA National Records in the hurdles. His women’s teams have won the NJCAA National Championship twice (1997, 2007), placed second at Nationals nine times, and placed third three times.
Smart’s success is not only on the track. His runners have amassed an outstanding 90% student graduation rate at the college, and at least 85% have gone on to run for major Division I colleges and universities. Smart was named as a coach for the 1996 Olympic team for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the 2001 United States under 25 National Teams. Smart is certified by the United States of America Track and Field (level 1) for sprints and jumps. He is also certified by the International Amateur Athletic Federation in sprints, jumps, and hurdles.
Read more about Coach Michael Smart:
- “A Smart Caribbean Pipeline” (by by O’Neil A. Reid )
- 2013 Men’s 4x400m Relay team at Mirose games
- Dwight Mullings: Exciting Season Ahead (by O’Neil A. Reid)
- Essex County College: The little school that could..produces Olympic medalist (by Steve Politi)
- Essex County College shows its medal (by Steve Politi)
- Essex Couty College Olympic Athletes honored by school, county officials(by Richard Khavkine)