Impressive new staff added by Director of Track and Field Mike Maynard.
Entering his first season as a UCLA volunteer assistant coach is Darrell Smith, Jr., who brings 20 years of international coaching experience to the Bruin program and will specialize in the UCLA women's and men's high hurdles and 400m intermediate hurdles.
Through the years, Smith has been a part of the winning tradition that is UCLA track & field. For two seasons (1992/1993) he was the Bruin track & field team student manager and earned his UCLA undergraduate degree in 2003. Darrell's uncle, John Smith, as a UCLA 400m runner helped lead the Bruins to two NCAA team championships (1971/1972) and as the head coach of Hudson Smith International (HSI), an elite track & field training group, produced some of the nation's and world's top sprinters, including Maurice Greene. Greene in 2012-13 is also a UCLA volunteer assistant coach.
This year, Darrell Smith, Jr. was appointed High Performance Hurdle Coordinator by the USA Track & Field Association (USATF) with duties that include staying up-to-date with qualified hurdlers across the nation and identifying to the USATF the up-and-coming hurdlers around the U. S.
Since 2002, he has been head sprint and hurdle coach and personal trainer for Threshold Athletics Group (TAG), responsible for the planning and execution of training programs for all athletes yearly training and competition.
As an assistant coach with HSI (1992-2002/2006-09) and the head sprint and hurdle coach for the Saudi Arabian Amateur Athletic Federation (1994/1998/2000-04), Smith has worked with some of the nation's and the world's top athletes. At the 2000 Olympics (Sydney, Australia), Smith coached Hadi Souan al Somayli to the silver medal in the 400m hurdles, to become the first ever Saudi Arabian athlete to earn an Olympic medal.
At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, he coached Tasha Danvers to a bronze medal in the 400m hurdles. Smith has also worked with world-class and Olympic gold medal winning athletes such as Jon Drummond (100m/200m/4 X 100m relay), Jason Rouser (400m/4 X 400m relay), Quincy Watts (400m/4 X 400m relay), Marie-Jose Perec (200m/400m/400m hurdles); Anthuan Maybank (400m/4 X 400m relay) and Inger Miller (100m/200m/4 X 100m relay).
Smith has helped coach and mentor several UCLA standouts, including Kevin Young, 1992 Barcelona Olympics champion in the 400m hurdles and world record holder 46.78; Kevin Craddock, a member of the U. S. 2012 World Indoor team with a 13.46 personal best in the 110m hurdles and Jonathan Williams, who represented Belize at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with a personal best 48.88 in the 400m hurdles.
Smith has also served as an assistant coach at two local area Los Angeles high schools: Harvard-Westlake HS (1997-98) and University HS (2006-70).
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