Stacey Smith is in her 13th season as an assistant coach at Baylor working with the Bears' jumpers. The most-decorated women's athlete in program history, the former Stacey Bowers currently holds the Baylor record in the triple jump both indoor and outdoor, while claiming the only individual national title in women's program history when she won the 1999 NCAA outdoor triple jump title.
Over 12 full seasons of coaching at her alma mater, Smith has been able to translate her personal collegiate success into success for the student-athletes she has mentored. She has coached 15 All-Americans during her time, including 11 on the women's side and four on the men's, along with three Big 12 champions.
One of the highlights of Smith's coaching career came last season as she guided sophomore Felix Obi to the 2014 NCAA Indoor triple jump title. As Obi battled a knee injury, Smith helped him achieve a new school record of 54-5.25 [16.59m] on his third attempt of the meet to clinch BU's first NCAA indoor title since 2009. Just two weeks earlier, Smith aided Obi in becoming just the fourth Baylor male athlete to win a Big 12 indoor title in back-to-back seasons as he repeated as triple jump conference champion. Obi also earned All-Big 12 honors with a six-place long jump showing. On the women's side under Smith's direction, sophomore Brianna Richardson earned NCAA Outdoor All-America honors by taking sixth in the triple jump. At the conference level, Smith coached Richardson to a runner-up triple jump finish. Richardson also made an appearance at the NCAA Indoor meet finishing 15th in the event.
In 2013, Smith quickly turned first-year athletes Obi and Richardson into the nation's best. In the indoor season with Smith's guidance, Obi became BU's first men's athlete to win the Big 12 triple jump crown. In the process of winning that title, Obi took down the school-record for the third time. He followed that up with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA meet to be an All-American. Outdoors, Obi established the school-record [52-9.25 [16.08m] and won two triple jump meet titles at the Baylor Quad Invitational and the Florida Relays. Richardson took fourth at the Big 12 meet in the triple jump indoors, before placing third during the outdoor season. Outside the collegiate season, Smith helped Richardson win the triple jump title at the USA Junior Track and Field Championships, while Obi was the runner-up on the men's side. Both athletes went on to compete for Team USA at the Pan-American Junior Championships with Obi placing third and Richardson fourth under Smith's watch.
From 2010-12, Smith guided Jessica Ubanyionwu to new heights, as the triple jumper emerged as one of the nation's best, earning three All-America honors. Ubanyionwu, who earned All-Big 12 honors both indoors and outdoors, moved into second place all-time on the BU record books in the triple jump. She set career-bests with an indoor leap of 43-6 in 2012 and an outdoor mark of 44-1.25 during 2011.
During 2008 and 2009, Smith guided sophomore DeAna Carson to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Championships, culminating in an All-America performance in the long jump in 2009. Carson earned All-Big 12 honors both indoors and outdoors, while breaking the BU indoor long jump record with a leap of 21-4.75 at the national meet.
In 2006, Chris Gillis emerged as a one of the nation's top long jumpers under Smith's guidance, finishing third at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Gillis claimed the Big 12 title, finished second at the 2006 NCAA Midwest Regional and joined assistant head coach Danny Brabham as the only Baylor leapers to long jump more than 26 feet. Gillis first broke through with a second-place finish at the 2004 Midwest Regional Championships and earned All-America honors by finishing eighth at the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Also in 2006, Queito Teasley earned indoor and outdoor All-Big 12 honors, finishing sixth at each conference meet.
Prior to her tutelage of Gillis, Smith helped April Holliness become a five-time All-American in the long jump and claim the 2004 NCAA Midwest Regional title. During her career, Holliness finished as high as third in the long jump at the NCAA Championships. Meanwhile, Smith helped guide multi-event athlete Jordan Willmann, a two-time All-American, to set the school records in the pentathlon and heptathlon.
During her collegiate days, Smith became Baylor's first female individual NCAA national champion when she won the 1999 outdoor triple jump with a leap of 45-10. She earned All-America honors nine times, including three on relays and six individually. Her nine overall and six individual each rank second all-time in Baylor history.
Smith was Baylor's first female athlete to become a member of a U.S. National team, competing in the 1998 Goodwill Games. She continued her success as a member of the 1999 World Championship team. Smith was a force within the Big 12, sweeping the indoor and outdoor triple jump titles in 1998 and again in 1999. With four conference titles to her credit, she is tied for fourth all-time at Baylor. Smith also won the 1999 USA triple jump crown with a leap of 45-2.5.
She is married to Rodney Smith, a former Baylor football and basketball player (1996-99) and the couple are the proud parents of two children, Sydney and London. A product of La Vega High School in Bellmead, Texas, Smith received her degree in education in 2000 and her master's degree in sport management from Baylor in May 2002. She was inducted into the Baylor Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.