Mike Smith

Director of Track and Field/Cross Country

Mike Smith enters his second season as the Director of Track and Field/Cross Country at Army West Point. Smith became the 11th coach in program history last year when he joined the Black Knights after spending 20 years at Kansas State University. In his first season with the Black Knights, Smith led both the men’s and women’s cross country teams to third place finishes in the Patriot League, as well as sending both teams to the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships where the men finished 11th and the women finished 14th. Three cadets finished in the top 50 (Tom Giradot (38th), Trevor Lafontaine (42nd), and Lindsay Gabow (43rd). Smith’s early success continued into the spring with both the men’s and women’s track and field teams having good showings at the Patriot League Championships. The men finished second winning four events (3000m steeplechase, 800m, discus throw, and 4x400m relay) while the women finished third having their lone championship come in the hammer throw. Smith, who has coached two Olympians and an NCAA champion, was a part of three Big 12 championship teams while at Kansas State. Smith joined the coaching staff at Kansas State in 1994 and took over the reins of the cross country programs in 2004. In his nine years leading the men’s and women’s cross country teams, he has guided four individuals (2004, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012) and one team (2010 women) to the NCAA championships, including five consecutive trips to the NCAA Cross Country Championship from 2008-12 where K-State was represented on the women’s side. When he took control of the cross country program in 2004, Smith guided Matthew Chesang to one of the most prolific seasons in Kansas State history. Chesang finished third at the Big 12 championships, second at the Midwest Regional Championships and earned All-America honors at the NCAA championships. His 12th-place finish was the highest NCAA finish for a Kansas State runner since 1971.

Assistant Coaches

Joe Reed

Assistant Track and Field Coach

Joe Reed was hired as an assistant track and field coach in the summer of 2016 and will focus on the Black Knights sprinters, hurdlers and field events. He joins Army after five seasons at SUNY Oneonta, where he spent two years as an assistant coach before being promoted to the associate head and serving in that role for the past three seasons. He earned Division III Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year nods in 2012, 2014, and 2016. Throughout his five successful years, Reed helped coach 30 conference champions and 13 Division III All-Americans, while watching eight of his student-athletes break a school record and two earn a conference record. He also helped the Red Dragons to four team conference titles.

Brian Bancroft

Assistant Track and Field Coach

Brian Bancroft comes to West Point from Texas A&M where he spent the past eight seasons as a team administrator. With the Aggies, the 1993 A&M graduate was responsible for a number of administrative duties, including scheduling, team travel, recruiting logistics and event management responsibilities. Additionally, from the 2005 through the 2008 season, Bancroft aided in weight room instruction as well as coaching of throws, jumps, sprints and distance groups.

Jon Hill

Assistant Track and Field Coach

Oregon native Jon Hill enters his third season as the jumps, pole vault and multi-event coach for Army track and field in 2014-15. Hill came to West Point after four years of coaching at Eastern Washington University. In his second year with the Black Knights, Hill coached two school record setters, two indoor conference champions, one outdoor conference champion, the Indoor Patriot League Scholar Athlete of the Year, one indoor and one outdoor all-conference honoree and an All-ECAC recipient. Continuing his coaching development, Hill was named the Upper Northeast Regional USATF L1 School Coordinator, a coaching education program through the national governing body for track & field.

Jacob McDougle

Assistant Track and Field/Cross Country Coach

Jacob McDougle enters his first year with the Army West Point staff after spending the past two years as the recruiting assistant for the Nebraska track & field and cross country programs. Prior to his administrative position with the Huskers, he served as a volunteer coach for the track and field and cross country programs at Nebraska. McDougle joined the Huskers after graduating from the University of New Hampshire in May 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology. As an athlete with the Wildcats, he was a nine-time America East Conference scorer in the 800 meters, 1,000 meters, 4x800 meters and 4x400 meters. McDougle has achieved numerous professional certifications, including USATF Level 1 Certification, USTFCCCA Endurance Specialist Certification and USTFCCCA Track and Field Technical Certification.

Boglarka Davies

Assistant Track and Field/Cross Country Coach

Boglarka Davies enters her first year with the Army West Point staff after spending the previous two seasons with Kansas State. A former Wildcat All-American runner, she served as an assistant with her alma mater after spending a year as the volunteer assistant cross country coach. During her time at K-State, Davies also earned numerous awards off the track. She was a two-time cross country Academic All-Big 12 First Team member in 2010 and 2011. Davies earned academic accolades for track as well, recognized by both the Big 12 (2011-First Team, 2010-Second Team) and the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) (2011-First Team). Davies, a native of Veszprem, Hungary, was an 800m semifinalist at the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing. She completed her secondary school studies at Vetesi Albert Gymnasium where she won six Hungarian junior championships in the 800m and 1500m. She also went on to win two Hungarian senior championships in the 800m.