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Former Akron All-American high jumper Tomasz Smialek is in his 11th campaign as a full-time assistant coach on the Zips' staff and 12th season overall. Smialek, a 2006 graduate from Akron, coaches the high jumpers and the horizontal jumpers, while assisting with the day-to-day duties in the track office.
Smialek has overseen the development of six All-Americans – including Collister Fahie (Long Jump), Claudia Garcia-Jou (High Jump), Weronika Gaudyn (Triple Jump), Cadeau Kelley (Long Jump), Jordan Latimer (Long Jump) and Natalie Sako (High Jump) – while his student-athletes have captured 26 individual MAC Championships since 2007.
Entering the 2016 campaign, five of Smialek's protégés own eight combined indoor/outdoor Akron Track and Field school records. That list includes; Collister Fahie (Outdoor Long Jump), Garcia Jou (Indoor and Outdoor High Jump), Weronika Gaudyn (Indoor and Outdoor Triple Jump), Cadeau Kelley (Indoor Long Jump and Triple Jump) and Mike Ohiembor (Outdoor Triple Jump), while Smialek himself owns the top indoor and outdoor men's marks in the high jump.
This past season, he helped guide Garcia-Jou to a pair of Mid-American Conference titles in the high jump en route to setting school records during the indoor and outdoor campaigns. She garnered first-team All-America citations after placing third and sixth, respectively, at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships in 2015.
Freshman Jordan Latimer emerged in the long jump in 2015 placing second at the MAC Indoor Championship before winning the outdoor title. He earned second-team and honorable mention All-America honors after placing 10th and 24th in the long jump at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships.
Setting school records during the indoor campaign in 2015 were Garcia-Jou in the high jump (6-2.75 at NCAA Championship). During the outdoor season, Ohiembor set a record-setting mark in the triple jump (50-8.75) at the MAC Outdoor Championship, while Garcia-Jou jumped 6-2 at the Longhorn Invitational and Gaudyn leapt 41-2.25 at the Campbell/Wright Invitational.
Capturing conference titles during the 2014 campaign were Daryl Baptiste (Long Jump) during the indoor season and Martel Durant (High Jump) at the outdoor championship.
Gaudyn (Triple Jump) pulled in second-team All-America recognition during the 2014 indoor campaign placing ninth in the triple jump.
Tyshaun Peoples won his fourth individual crown in the long jump in 2013 taking the title at the MAC Indoor Championship. Capturing both the indoor and outdoor championships in the high jump in 2013 was Martel Durant.
Under Smialek's guidance, Zips jumpers dominated the MAC Championships from 2010-12, winning 11 individuals titles. Mike McCall, who finished his career as a six-time MAC Champion in the high jump, swept all four high jump titles during that time, while Peoples captured three individual crowns in the long jump and Fahie swept the long jump championships during the outdoor season in 2010 and 2011.
Akron's success continued in 2012 as the men captured their second consecutive MAC Indoor Championship. Daryl Baptiste led the charge, winning the long jump and triple jump competitions at the league meet en route to being named the MAC's Most Outstanding Field Performer.
Furthermore, Fahie went on to earn second-team All-America honors for his 12th-place finish in the 2011 NCAA Championships in long jump and set the school record with a leap of 26-03.75 at the USA Championships in June 2011, where he finished sixth.
In 2009, McCall earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships after winning both the MAC Indoor and Outdoor titles. Tyshaun Peoples won the MAC Outdoor title in the long jump. Also, Fahie was MAC Indoor runner-up in the long jump and outdoor runner-up in the triple jump. Both Peoples and Fahie qualified for the NCAA Regional. On the women's side, Kelly was MAC Indoor champion in the long jump and runner-up in the triple jump, while Alina Bocicor qualified for the NCAA Regional in the high jump.
For 2008, Smialek expanded his role in coaching the horizontal jumpers with Cadeau Kelley and Niesha Kelly experiencing a breakout seasons. Kelley set Akron long and triple jump records for both indoor and outdoor seasons, claimed the MAC long and triple jump championship for both indoor and outdoor seasons, and made his first trip to the NCAA Championships. There, he placed 14th in the long jump and finished his career by earning All-America honors with a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Outdoors.
Smialek continued his success in the vertical jumps as McCall was runner-up at the MAC Indoors as a freshman while Jones placed fourth. During the 2008 outdoor season, Jones was second while McCall was third. Jones and McCall went on to participate in the NCAA Mid-East Regional. While Jones placed 10th, his jump of 7-0.50 was good enough to give the senior an at-large berth to the NCAA Outdoors, where he placed 20th in his first trip to nationals.
In his first year in 2007, concentrating mainly on the vertical jumpers, Smialek oversaw perhaps the MAC's best corps, featuring Sako. During the indoor season, Sako placed 10th at the NCAA Championships to earn her fourth All-American honor, while she and Lisa Ravn tied for second at the MAC meet. Also, on the men's side, Ryan Jones was MAC runner-up in the high jump. Those performances improved in the outdoor season with Sako and Jones both winning the MAC. Jones also nearly qualified for the NCAA Outdoors, placing sixth at the regional.
Smialek completed his collegiate career as one of the best high jumpers to ever compete at Akron. He is the current school record holder in both indoor and outdoor competition, clearing 7-03.25 indoors and 7-03.75 outdoors.
He ended his collegiate career on a high note, earning his second All-American honor at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championship, finishing eighth after clearing a season-best 7-02.25. His first All-American honor came at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championship in which he placed sixth with a jump of 7-02.50.
Smialek is also a six-time MAC Champion in high jump and was named 2005 UA Indoor Most Valuable Performer.