2013-14 Year in Review
To highlight the two-day event, the 4x400 meter team nearly broke a school record
While at Florida Atlantic, Smolka has mentored 71 All-Conference outdoor track athletes, 25 All-Conference indoor track athletes, nine cross country All-Conference runners, a outdoor track & field Outstanding Freshman, a indoor track & field Outstanding Freshman, and an Outstanding Indoor track & field athlete of the year. Smolka has also had 119 student-athletes make the conference All-Academic Team. In addition, all of the individual records for the programs have been set under his supervision.
38 individual Owls have qualified for the NCAA Track and Field Regionals under Smolka. One athlete has provisional qualified for the NCAA Indoor National Championships and the women's cross-country team has been ranked as high as 13th in the South Region.
The Owls never placed lower than fourth at the Atlantic Sun Outdoor Track and Field Championships, finishing third four times. In the school's first season of indoor competition, Smolka's squad placed second at the A-Sun Indoor Track and Field Championships. In FAU's first year in the Sun Belt Conference, the women finished third at the cross country championships and eighth in both the indoor and outdoor track championships.
Smolka grew up in Vienna, Austria, and London, England, and was a three-sport athlete (skiing, soccer and track) competing numerous times in the International School Sports' Tournament (ISST) in various European countries. He then served as the captain for the Hampshire College soccer team while training and competing with the University of Massachusetts track and field team, where he set personal bests in the 400m (48.36 sec.) and 800m (1:53.88).
Following college, he competed in triathlons, twice becoming a USA National Team member for the Maccabbiah Games in Israel in 1993 and 2001.
Smolka holds a bachelor's degree in history from Hampshire College (1988), a master's degree in sports and business management from Northeastern University (1992) and a master of arts degree in history from FAU (1996). He is a certified R.A.D (Rape, Aggression Defense) instructor, a certified professional rescuer / life guard, and a USATF Level I and II certified coach.
Smolka resides in Boca Raton, FL, with his wife, Caroline, and their five children: Tevya, Avi, Michaela, Johanna and David.