Mike Schmidt joined the University of Redlands as the Head Track & Field and Cross Country Coach in 2007. Since that time, he has achieved a level of success unprecedented in either program’s history, as highlighted by multiple conference championships, individual national championships, and various awards.
Under Schmidt’s direction, the Bulldogs have captured three women’s team titles (2008, 2009, and 2011) and a pair of men’s team championships (2011, 2012) in the highly-touted Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). Redlands student-athletes have also earned more than 80 individual SCIAC track & field championships, five SCIAC Track & Field Athlete of the Year awards, and one individual cross country title. Schmidt was also named the 2015 SCIAC Cross Country Coach of the Year.
At the national level, Schmidt’s student-athletes have earned 34 All-America honors, as highlighted by four individual NCAA Championships, four NCAA runner-up finishes, and a three NCAA third-place showings. He has also led athletes to four West Region Athlete of the Year awards and eight NCAA cross country individual national appearances. Personally, Schmidt has been named the West Region Women’s Track & Field Coach of the Year (2008) and the West Region Men’s Track & Field Coach of the Year (2011).
Prior to becoming a Bulldog, Schmidt worked at Oneonta State (NY), originally as the Associate Head Coach of Track & Field and Cross Country. After three successful years, he became the Head Track & Field Coach and continued to work as an assistant coach with the cross country programs. During his tenure with the Red Dragons, Schmidt coached 17 All-America performances among nine student-athletes to go along with three conference team championships, 49 individual titles, and 14 relay championships.
With a passion for learning, Schmidt stays up-to-date on the latest coaching practices in order to maintain this level of success. He has spent time studying at the Olympic Training Center, the World Athletic Training Center (ALTIS), and holds a USATF Level III Certification in the Jumps, a USATF Level II Certification in the Combined Events, as well as being a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist.
Schmidt lives in Redlands with his wife Amanda. In his free time, he enjoys weightlifting, golfing, and reading.