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Dr. Murray Smith coached high school basketball, swimming, and football. The first coach of the Edmonton Junior Huskies, he led them to League championships in 1956 and 1957, and was named All-Star Coach three times. At the University of Alberta, he was an assistant coach on the 1980 National Champion football Bears.

As swimming coach at the University of Alberta, the Bears swimming teams won eight conference championships. He was named Canadian Coach-of-the-Year in 1967. He served 10 years on the executive of Swimming Alberta, including a term as president.

Dr. Smith served as Director of the Sports Division of the Commonwealth Games from 1972 to 1975, and Vice President of Venues for the 1983 World University Games, both of which were held in Edmonton.

He was the sport psychologist for national championship teams in basketball (U of A, 1994 and 1995), and hockey (Kelowna Rockets, Memorial Cup, 2004). He worked with the Edmonton Oilers (1990-1994), and Winnipeg Jets of the NHL, and the Cape Breton Oilers (1990-1994): AHL Calder Cup Champions in 1993.

Dr. Smith was a contributing author to Canadian Coaching Certification Program, in Theory, and Technical programs in swimming, hockey, and football. Other writings include his many coaching papers, as well as a book, Mental Skills for the Artistic Sports: Developing Emotional Intelligence, (1998). He also co-authored Basic Hockey and Skating Skills, (1994).

Dr. Smith, at retirement, was Professor and Associate Dean Academic of the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation. He devoted his time unselfishly to improving the lives of those he taught, coached, and mentored, at the University and in the larger community.

Since Induction:

  • 1955 Coach of the Year, Alberta Junior Football League (AJFL), Edmonton Huskies
  • 1956 & 1957 Coach of the Year, and AJFL Champions - Edmonton Huskies
  • 1960 Coach, Golden Bears Football, WCIAU Champions (now Canada West)
  • 1968 Coach of the Year, CIAU (now OIS), for men's swimming
  • WCIAU (now Canada West) championships, 4 in the 1960s, and 4in the 1970s
  • 1977 The Queen's 25th Anniversary Medal
  • 1978 Commonwealth Games, Edmonton, Sports Chairman
  • 1980 Honorary Life Membership, Canadian Red Cross Society, 30 years service
  • 1981 National Honour Award of the Can. Assoc. of Health, P.E, and Recreation
  • 1983 National Lifestyle Award, Federal Department of Health
  • 1983 World University Games, Edmonton, Vice-President Venues
  • 1990 Inducted, University of Alberta Sports Wall of Fame
  • 1992 Canadian Confederation Medal, 125 Anniversary of Confederation
  • 2002 University of Alberta, Alumni Honour Award
  • 2006 Inducted, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, swimming and football builder