Carla Coffey

Lecturer in Exercise & Sport Studies

Carla Coffey

Contact & Office Hours

Ainsworth Gymnasium



M.A., B.A., Murray State University


Carla Coffey has been Smith's track and field coach since 1992. She received both her undergraduate and master's degrees in physical education, health and recreation from Murray State University, where she was a three-sport athlete in track, basketball and volleyball. A DGWS National Champion and All-American in the 100m and 200m hurdles in 1971, she also participated in the Pan American and Olympic Trials in 1972. Coffey, who has been coaching for 30 years, held prior positions at Western Kentucky University, University of California-Davis, University of Kansas and Dartmouth College. During her tenure at those schools she produced 25 All Americans. Since her arrival at Smith she has produced 18 track and field All Americans.

Throughout her career Coffey has coached the 1990 World Junior Championship team in Bulgaria, 1993 World Indoors Championships in Toronto, 1995 World Indoors Championships in Barcelona, the 2000 World Junior Championships in Chile, and the 2004 World Junior Championships in Italy.

A pioneer in women's track and field, Coffey is active in regional and national levels and has served on the inaugural combined NCAA Track & Field Rules Committee and presently is a member of the USA Track Coaches Association, USA Women's Track & Field Committee, and USA Women's Track Developmental Committee and serves on the USATF Zero Tolerance Task Force. She completed a three-year term as vice-president of the US Women's Track Coaches Association in 2006 and currently serves on the Hall of Fame Committee.

Coffey has received numerous awards throughout her career including NEWMAC Coach of the Year in 1997 and 2004, 1995 Northeast Regional Coach of the Year and the US Women's Track Coaches Association 1997 Service Award. To date one of her proudest achievements is being the first female selected into the halls of fame at her alma mater, Murray State University, and Western Kentucky University.