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2016-17 Men's Track & Field Coaches
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Je'Kel Smith
Head Coach - 1st Season

Coach Smith enters his first season as the head coach for the Avila Track and Field/Cross Country teams.  Prior to joining the Eagles, he was the Sports Information Director and a volunteer assistant track and field coach at Alcorn State University.

As Sports Information Director, he was responsible for the daily promotion of 18 intercollegiate sports, produced and managed the content on all of the Alcorn Athletics social media pages, maintained statistical data and historical records for all sports, and maintenance of the athletics website.

In his three years as a volunteer assistant track and field/cross country coach, he primarily worked with the cross country teams and jumpers and have guided majority of his student-athletes to breaking numerous school records.  Last season, he helped Tatiana David and Darryl Jones make history by repeating as SWAC heptathlon and decathlon champions which became the first time in SWAC history that the men’s and women’s champions came from the same school in back-to-back seasons.  He also coached Jones to a career best 50-2.05 in the triple jump which qualified for the NCAA East Regional Championships.  He also had 12 scholar-athletes, 13 All-Conference performers and eight SWAC Athletes of the Week in those three years. 

During the 2014 cross country season he helped freshman Dynasty Williams to an All-SWAC 2nd Team performer after finishing 10th at the SWAC Cross Country Championships.

He coached Trevee Kelly to record-breaking 1:51.39 in the 800m during the 2013 outdoor track and field season and earned All-SWAC honors.

In his first season as a volunteer assistant coach at Alcorn he guided the women’s cross country team to their best finish in nine years at the SWAC Cross Country Championships with a third place finish.  He helped 2nd Team All-SWAC performer Condrea Collins placed eighth at the meet and shattered the schools’ 5K record with a time of 18:37 earlier that season.  In that same season the women’s cross country team was awarded with the Women’s Cross Country Highest GPA award with an overall average of 3.63. 

Prior to his arrival at Alcorn State, Smith served as a Tact Officer at Chamberlain-Hunt Academy.  In his only season, he coached eight All-MAIS State performers in the 3200m (state champion), 1600m, 300m hurdles and the 4x800m relay.

As a student-athlete at Alcorn State, Smith posted some of the best times in cross country, the 1500m and the 3000m steeplechase.  He was twice an All-SWAC performer and earned All-SWAC Academic honors.

Smith received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Alcorn State University in 2010.  He is married to Shikisha McGowan and they have three children Caiden, Logan and Kerrington.

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