Hammer Smith Sports is owned and operated by Tripp Smith, son of world renowned sports performance coach Chip Smith. Tripp has been training athletes around the world for the past 12 years. He has an M.S. in Exercise Science from the United States Sports Academy and a B.A. in biology from The Virginia Military Institute where he was a four year football letterman and team captain. He has trained athletes from every major professional sport as well a numerous Olympians to include 28 medalists in the 2012 London Olympics. From 2009-2011 he travelled to Beijing, China to work with 14 of the Chinese summer Olympic teams in preparation for the 2012 London Olympics. Since 2004 he has trained over 300 athletes for the NFL Combine and at least one first round draft pick for the past 11 years. He has hosted various international athletes, teams, and coaches from la Courneuve Flash (American Football, Paris, France 2009 Eurobowl Champions), Phillipino Basketball Association (PBA) Team Alaska Aces, Liga ACB (Spanish Baskeball League) CB Gran Canaria and various other international professional and amateur teams. He has an extensive background in sports both playing and coaching. His vast experience gives him an athletes perspective when training athletes.
Zach is a sports performance coach and amateur adventure junkie. He started training athletes while he was playing linebacker at Duke University and fullback at University of California, Berkeley. Since finishing graduate school at Berkeley in 2008 with a masters in Sports Management, Zach has trained professional athletes in MLB, NFL, Olympic gold medalist, PGA, and professional surfing. He is a Certified Sports Performance Specialist and a USAW Sports Performance coach. Zach has spent extensive time living in China training their Olympic teams and in South Africa working with professional surfers and soccer players. As an athlete he won numerous awards including 1st team academic all Pac-10, the Mike Suglia award, and has never lost a restaurant food challenge. He has climbed 4 of the 7 highest mountains from each continent to include Mt. Elbrus in Russia/Europe, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mt. Aconcagua in South America, and Denali in North America. Zach brings his passion for sports, and adventure to the athletes he coaches. He aims to help them reach their genetic potential and experience coaching at the highest level.