Damien Smith
Damien Smith
Title: Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Head Coach - Sprints
Phone: (951) 222-8272
Email: damien.smith@rcc.edu

Damien Smith – Riverside City College- Head Women’s Coach (2010-Present) 

- (Assistant 2005-2010)

Damien Smith has entering his 7th year as Head Women’s Track & Field /XC coach at Riverside City College. Considered an elite up-and-coming track coach in the United States, Coach Smith got his chance to lead the Tigers' Women program in the fall of 2010.  Since taking the reins as the Head Coach at RCC, Smith and his staff have made the women’s program one of the premier track and field programs in the state. In 2013, 2014 and 2015, Smith lead the Lady Tigers to successful state championship appearances finishing 3rd   all three years (losing by only 3pts in 2015) In 2016, the lady Tigers finished 2nd at the State Championships. In 2013-2014 he also coached the state champion in the 200m; Just’N Thymes who later won the USA Jr Nationals in Des Moines, Iowa and represented the USA in the Pan America Games in Columbia.  His most recent pupil Ashley Marshall became the 2015 and 2016 Barbados Nation 100m Champion and National meet record holder.  Ashley continued the summer to represent Barbados at the Pan American Games and the World Championships as well as other international meets. Ashley continues to train with Coach Smith as she prepares for the 2016 Olympic Games this summer.

 In 2012, Smith in just his second year led the Lady Tigers to a 2nd place finish in state and also coached the women’s 4x400m relay to a state title. From 2011 (his first year as head coach) to 2016, Smith’s Women’s team have won six Conference Championships in a row for track and field. Previous to that there was never a repeat season of Conference titles.  In 2014, his Cross Country team won the first Orange Empire Conference Championship for Riverside City College since 1991; breaking the 18 year winning streak of Cross Country powerhouse Orange Coast College. Then repeating that same feat it in 2015

Prior to becoming Riverside women’s head coach he was honored as the top assistant track coach at the California Community College level in 2008. The California Community College Track and Field Association honored him at their state convention.  As an assistant coach, Smith was primarily responsible for the Sprinters and Strength & Conditioning of the program. 

During his time as coach, the RCC program has seen athletes earn scholarships to major universities and have produced over 97 individual and 35 relay conference champions in just the sprints area alone. There have been many state and national champions as well. In addition, Damien smith has had eighteen conference championship titles that included both the men and women winning titles at the same meet eight times.  RCC sprinters consistently achieved personal records at the Orange Empire Conference meet. They achieved nineteen in 2007, eight in 2008, eight in 2011, and eleven in 2012 to mention a few. Coach Smith has coached 44 individual All-Americans and 28 All-American relay teams in his 11 years with RCC. Among his All-American runners Smith was responsible for some incredible progressions with athletes he coached. Just’N Thymes went from 10.69/21.35 to 10.18/ 20.42; Yusef Merriweather 11.02/ 22.20 to 10.29/20.84; Daniel Auberry 10.91/ 22.03 to 10.29/ 20.86; Breanna Arnwine 59.98 to 55.02; Brandi Rodrigues 66.1 to 57.3; Tiarah McDaniel went from 12.93 to 11.96/ 26.56 to 24.66 and Maia Reynolds went from 12.10 to 11.64 in one year to mention a few. 

His resume was impressive when he joined the staff at Riverside.  Smith has seventeen years of coaching experience; twelve which come from the collegiate level. He also has coached youth and high school.  Before joining the Tiger staff, he coached as a volunteer at Huston-Tillotson University, UNLV, and UCR.  In 2004 as an assistant at North High School, he helped the program win a CIF Championship and achieve a ranking of No. 4 in the state. He has coached several high school state and national champions and assisted programs in achieving top-notch rankings.

 Smith also had an impressive running experience.  A former high school UIL State (Texas) champion in the 400 meters, Smith set the school record and a state leading mark with a time of 46.22 in the 400m. This same season, he posted one of the fastest 4x400 relay splits in high school history with a 44.89 time, helping his team set a school record in the 4x400m relay.  Smith also anchored the fastest 4x100m relay team in the nation in 1995 with a time of 40.32. At one point in his high school career he was ranked number one in the state of Texas and in the nation for the 100 (10.18) and 200 meters (20.66).  His time in the 400 meters was also the third fastest time in the nation.  He has trained with some of the most talented sprinters in the history of USA Track and Field - Michael Johnson, Jon Drummond and former Tiger Tyree Washington.  He eventually received a scholarship to Baylor University where his success continued. He was a conference champion and qualified for the 1996 Olympic trials in the 100 meters. While at Baylor he ran leadoff leg on a team that set a world record in the mile relay (4x4 on Metric track) which still stands today. He also earned All-American honors.

Smith completed his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science at California Baptist University.  He also earned his Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia Irvine, and has completed the first two levels of the USA Track and Field Certification program with an emphasis in sprints, hurdles, and relays.

As Women’s Head Coach

  • 2010 Conference runner up for Cross Country
  • 2014 Conference Champions for Cross Country
  • 2015 Conference Champions for Cross Country
  • 2011 - 2016 Conference Champions for Track and Field (1st time RCC Women won back to back conference championships since 1994)
  • 2012 CCCAA State runner-up (best finish since 1994)
  • 3rd place at CCCAA State Championships in 2013
  • 3rd place at CCCAA State Championships in 2014
  • 3rd place at CCCAA State Championships in 2015
  • 4th place at CCCAA Cross Country State Championships in 2015
  • 2016 CCCAA State runner-up (2nd Place)
  • 2014 & 2015 OEC Cross Country Coach of the Year
  • 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016 Track & Field Coach of the Year
  • 2015 Press Enterprise Inland Empire Coach of the Year
  • 2016 Viewpoints Coach of the Year
  • 2016 Riverside City College Coach of the Year


As Sprint Coach to the Men’s Program

  • 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010,2011,2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Conference Champions (07’,09,’11,’12’, 13’, 14’ 15’ 16’ men and women won)
  • 2008,  2009,  2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 Regional Champions
  • 2008,  2009,  2010 ,2012, 2013, 2014 State Champions
  • California Community College Assistant Coach of the year 2008


As Strength & Conditioning Coach to the Men’s Basketball Program

  • 2009 State Champions