Frantz-Kwame Smith is entering will enter his second season at the helm of the Shaw University men's and women's cross-country team as well as women's outdoor track and field program for the Fall of 2020.
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 women's outdoor track and field season for the Lady Bears was abruptly interrupted.
Smith was named interim head coach during the 2018 season before being named head coach in 2019. During his interim season, Smith had a total of three runners named All-CIAA in Kaydi-Ann Wint from the women's cross country team while Mike Lagat and Torotich Kiplagat earned All-Conference honors on the men's side. The Lady Bears finished ninth while the Bears placed eighth that season. As for women's outdoor track and field, the Lady Bears placed sixth overall at the CIAA championships highlighted by Wint won was crowned the CIAA champion in the 800m and a silver medalist in the 1500m.
With the interim tag removed and officially the head coach of both the men's and women's cross country team's and women's outdoor track and field team, Smith guided the Bears to a fifth place finish at the conference championships in 2019 with two Bears receiving All-CIAA honors in Peter Ekayi and Kiplagat while on the women's side, the Lady Bears also improved from a season ago, placing fourth overall with three Lady Bears capturing All-CIAA recognition in Wint, Hannah Pealstrom and Luisa Cury. As for women's outdoor track and field, the Lady Bears finished sixth overall at the 2019 CIAA championships highlighted by Wint who was crowned the CIAA champion in the 800m for the second straight season and a silver medalist in the 1500m.
As an assistant coach in 2017, Smith was able to attain All-CIAA honors in cross country through Wint while La'Cherie Clark garnered first place in the 100m and third place in the 200m for CIAA honors. Wint would also win the CIAA's 800m race and placed second in the 1500m. In addition, Kyla Sanders tabbed third in the 400m hurdles while the Lady Bears set new records for the program in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m and 4x400m relay all under Smith's guidance.
During the 2016 season, Smith was an volunteer assistant coach at Shaw where he immediatley gained success through Destinee Williams who broke the school record in the 100m and the 100h multiple times in route to a Second Team All-American honor at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Prior to Shaw, Smith began his coaching career at his alma mater Mid-America Nazarene University where he served as an assistant coach for three seasons. During his time, Smith coached a fellow athlete to both an NAIA Indoor Championship (1st) and Outdoor Championship (4th) All-American honors in the high jump in 2006.
A native of St. Catherine, Jamaica, Smith was a two-sport athlete in soccer and track at Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe, KS. He was named All-Conference in both sports and an All-American in track on three occassions. Smith competed in three sports (track, soccer and basketball) at the Kingston COllege High School, one of the perennial high schools. Additionally, Smith was a seven-time individual medalist and member of the two-time national championship track team (2001-02).
Smith is married to Kerry-Ann Smith and has two children Delano and Kayla Smith. He resides in Raleigh