HSInternational Sports Management


Coach, Co-Founder

John Walton Smith Jr. is considered the best track & field sprints and hurdles coach in the world. For decades he has produced multiple male and female Olympic and World Championships medalists. He’s earned multiple Coach of the Year titles, and was also the US National Team coach in 2005 for the World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Some of the greats he’s coached include: indoor and outdoor world record holder Maurice Greene, Olympic medalist – Ato Boldon, Olympic medalist – Quincy Watts, Olympic Medalist – Carmelita Jeter, World Champion – Torri Edwards and many others.

Coach Smith currently coaches a talented group of athletes that includes the likes of: English Gardner (100m – US Champion) and Gil Roberts (400m).

A Los Angeles native, Smith is a former American Olympic athlete who competed in the sprints events during his career. He is best known for breaking the world record in the 440y and winning the men’s 400 meters at the 1971 Pan American Games. He also won the NCAAs in 1971-1972, running for UCLA. Smith was world-ranked #1 in 1971.