Ali Smith begins her first season as Director of Operations at Villanova in 2013-14. In her role she will be involved with all of the day-to-day aspects of both the cross country and the track & field teams. Smith was a two-time All-American and a BIG EAST champion for the Wildcats during her own collegiate career.
In her new role Smith will work with a program that reached incredible heights during her time as a student-athlete. She was a scoring member of back-to-back national championship cross country teams (2009, 2010) and received All-America honors individually in each of those seasons. She also was a three-time All-Mid Atlantic Region performer and received All-BIG EAST accolades on two occasions.
During her junior season Smith was the individual BIG EAST champion indoors in the 3000 meters. She earned consecutive All-BIG EAST honors in the 3000 meters and was also an All-BIG EAST performer in the 1000 meters and the 4x800 meter relay. During the outdoor track season Smith received All-BIG EAST honors in the 4x800 meter relay, the 3000 meter steeplechase and the 5000 meters.
Smith graduated from Villanova in 2011 with a degree in Communication and also received her Master's degree in Public Administration from Villanova in 2013.