James Madison University
PHOTO: Chris Smith

Chris Smith MEd, ATC

Assistant Athletic Trainer

  • Office: GODW 128
  • Phone: 540-568-5847
  • Email: smith6cm@jmu.edu
  • Mailing Address:
    MSC 2301
    261 Bluestone Drive
    Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807


Chris joined the James Madison University Athletic Training Education Program as a Faculty member in August 2006. In the summer of 2007, Chris assumed the position of adjunct assistant athletic trainer and in 2008 he was promoted to Assistant Athletic Trainer with responsibilities  with the men's soccer, men's golf, and women's golf programs.  Chris also serves as an approved clinical instructor with the CAATE approved Athletic Training Education Program and provides clinical education and evaluation for the undergraduate athletic-training students.

Chris received his undergraduate degree at California State University Chico in May 1998. He completed his Master's degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia in August 2000.

Chris has worked in several settings during his career. He most recently was the Head Athletic Trainer at Hidden Valley High School in Roanoke VA. Prior to that Chris served as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at the Virginia Military Institute for four years. While at VMI he served as the Head Football and Men's Lacrosse Athletic Trainer.

Chris and his wife Theresa reside in Broadway with their son Marshall.


  • On May 20, 2015, the Athletic Training Strategic Alliance announced that the CAATE Standards for Accreditation of Professional Athletic Training Programs will be changed to require that professional programs be at the master’s degree level.  James Madison University is dedicated to meet this accreditation requirement in order to continue providing excellent education to produce strong athletic training health care providers.  Our transition to the master’s degree has begun and will influence students entering JMU as freshman in the fall 2018 semester and thereafter.  These students should refer to information on our Master of Science in Athletic Training Program

    For students who entered JMU in the fall of 2017 or are considering transferring to the University, please note the last admission cycle to the professional phase of the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree program will occur in spring 2019. Students who have completed all required AT courses and general education courses by the end of the 2019 first summer session are eligible to submit their admission application in April 2019.  Admission decisions will be made in July 2019 once the first summer session is complete.  All future students will need to apply to the Master of Science Program.  The final cohort of students seeking the BSAT degree will graduate in May 2021.


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