|Position:||Assistant Coach - Men's sprints, hurdles, relays|
Darrell Smith brings over 20 years of international, elite level sprint and hurdle coaching experience back to Westwood. Smith was born and raised a Bruin. Following in the footsteps of his uncle, world renowned sprint and hurdle coach John Smith, he graduated in 1993 from UCLA, with a Political Science degree.
Under the guidance of John, he helped guide the careers of some of track and field’s greatest athletes, including Bruin alums Kevin Young and Ato Boldon.
He hopes to use the experience of taking athletes to four Olympiads and seven World Championships, to help mold and guide the Bruins back to a national title. He also relies on his experience as a student-athlete to help his charges navigate the challenges of being a UCLA Bruin, student athlete. He believes in balancing the high expectations of UCLA, on and off the track. Achieving a UCLA degree is just as important as scoring points on the track - one cannot be done without the other.
Smith has three kids, Ricky 26, Aysia 24 and Jaden 11.