Now in his fourth year at Tufts, Michael Schmidt is a U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Assistant Coach of the Year recipient who will once again work with the Tufts cross country and distance runners in 2016-17.
Last fall, before head coach Joel Williams was hired, Schmidt served as Tufts' interim men's cross country head coach and directed the Jumbos to 17th place in the NCAA race. Tufts placed third in the NCAA Regional Championship for 2015.
Schmidt, who started at Tufts in 2012 after an All-American career at Middlebury, was voted USTFCCCA New England Coach of the Year for the 2016 indoor track season. Working directly with the distance runners, Schmdist helped five Jumbos qualify for the NCAA meet. His distance crew also scored 39 of the team’s 74 points at the DIII New England indoor meet, second-best among all squads.
Schmidt also played a key role in many of the Tufts program's successes during the 2014-15 year. As the primary coach for cross country, he helped the team earn a berth into the NCAA Championship race. During the track season, he coached the distance runners and worked with double NCAA 800 meters champion Mitchell Black.
A 2012 graduate of Middlebury College, Schmidt was a six-time All American who set NESCAC records and top 10 all-time marks in the 5,000m and 10,000m as a Panther. His 29:23 in the 10K was the nation's best time for his senior season. He anchored the school's first national-qualifying distance medley relay as well. In the fall, Schmidt led Middlebury to its first-ever NESCAC cross country title and to its first two NCAA team berths.
Originally from Wilmette, Illinois, Mike majored in psychology and film & media studies at Middlebury. Following his senior cross country season, the team's Most Valuable Player award was renamed in his honor.