Mr. Smajlaj's Class
Smajlaj, who was born and raised in Albania, enjoyed a standout scholastic career at North Bergen High School. He was a four-year performer and three-year captain in men's cross-country at Bloomfield, where he was a three-time selection to the CACC Fall All-Academic team.
Smajlaj graduated from Bloomfield in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics education, and completed a master's in mathematics from New Jersey City University in 2018. He is a math teacher and the head boys' and girls' indoor and outdoor track & field coach at North Bergen High. He has led the Bruins to two Hudson County indoor championships and the last three outdoor titles, and is a three-time HCTCA county outdoor Coach of the Year.