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 fourth 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.
Over the last three seasons at the Capstone, Smith has helped develop the Alabama vaulters into a force on the SEC and NCAA levels. Smith mentored Alexis Paine into a perennial all-American as she rewrote the Alabama record book on the way to earning successive all-America citations. Under Smith’s guidance, Paine added more than two feet to her personal best. Paine also has mentored Lakan Taylor into a contender for SEC and NCAA honors
As a 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.
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 is married to the former Kaitlin Keeler. The couple is the parents of a daughter, Teya Grace Smith.