RollTide.com contributor Pete LaFleur is profiling four of Alabama's qualifiers in the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track Championships - Diondre Batson, Elias Hakansson, Alexis Paine and Krystle Schade - over the course of the national championships.
Brad Smith is in his third season as a volunteer assistant coach at Alabama overseeing the coaching and development of the Crimson Tide's pole vaulters. Smith has previously served as an assistant coach at Birmingham-Southern and at the high school level in Georgia.
In his first two seasons (2011-13) at the Capstone, he has helped develop Alexis Paine into a perennial all-American as Paine has rewritten the Alabama record book in the event on the way to earning successive all-America citations. Under Smith's guidance, Paine has added more than two feet to her personal best.
A former collegiate standout at Georgia, Smith won the 2005 SEC indoor and outdoor pole vault titles and competed in three NCAA championships finishing ninth in 2003, 12th in 2004 and garnering All-America honors with a third place finish in 2005. He set a Georgia school indoor record in the pole vault with a clearance of 17-8 ½ in 2005.
In high school at Franklin County High School in Carnesville, Ga., Smith earned a berth in the state championships as a freshman, and was a three-time state champion and three-time All-Classification Best Performer in the pole vault, along with qualifying for state two years in the high jump. A Nike Indoor All-American his senior year, he was the first prep pole vaulter in the state of Georgia to clear 16 feet.
Prior to coaching at Birmingham-Southern, Smith worked as the pole vault coach for The Lovett School in Atlanta, where he coached the 2007 men's state champion in the event. Smith also worked the University of Georgia's vault camp for five years as an instructor.
A University of Georgia graduate, Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology with a minor in African Studies. Smith also holds a USATF level II certification in the throws. A native of Franklin County, Ga., Smith married the former Kaitlin Keeler on August 14, 2010. The couple is the parents of a daughter, Teya Grace Smith.