DENTON (5/17/02) - North Texas head coach Cassie Headrick has announced that John Schmidt has been named assistant volleyball coach.
Schmidt replaces Gwen Adams, who served as assistant coach from 2000-01before departing North Texas in early April to take the head coaching job at Campbell University. Schmidt joins North Texas after spending last season as the head volleyball coach at Tarleton State University, where he directed the TexAnns to an 8-23 overall record and 3-7 mark in Lone Star Conference play. During his one year at Tarleton, Schmidt had two players earn second team All-LSC South honors and one player named Academic All-LSC South.
"We are extremely pleased that we found John," said head coach Cassie Headrick. "I think he is going to help our program take another step forward. He has worked with a successful team in St. Edwards, has knowledge of the game at the Division I level and has experience as a head coach at Tarleton. His great knowledge of the game and dedication to the program is a real positive for us."
The Baytown, Texas, native has six years of collegiate coaching experience, including stops at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and St. Edwards. He joined the TAM-Corpus Christi staff for the program’s first season of NCAA Division I competition before departing for Tarleton State. Schmidt helped direct St. Edwards to a pair of NAIA national tournament appearances in four years, including a quarterfinal showing in 1996.
St. Edward’s claimed its first-ever Southwest Region championship during Schmidt’s tenure, in addition to winning two Heart of Texas Conference titles. He also served as the school’s sports information director, a role in which he generated publicity for all of the Hilltoppers’ athletic programs as they made the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II.
"This program offers great possiblities and has the potential to go to the top," said Schmidt. "This is a prime situation and I am excited about that. I was impressed with Coach Headrick and the student-athletes, and that was instrumental in my decision to come to North Texas."
Schmidt has been heavily involved in volleyball at the club level, serving as head coach of five different club teams over the past nine years. Among his accomplishments at the club level are directing the Texas Block Party 16-year-olds to a berth in the Junior Olympic national tournament in the spring of 2001. He has also worked with Corpus Christi, Greater Austin-Cedar Park, Club West End and the Austin Junior Volleyball Association.
He served two years as a seventh- and eighth-grade volleyball coach at Covington Middle School in Austin, with his teams finishing second in the city championships both years.
A member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association, Schmidt enjoys teaching youths at summer volleyball camps. He has worked more than 40 camps the past five years, including sessions at the University of Alabama and the University of Notre Dame.
Schmidt earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications at Southwest Texas State, where he was a member of the men’s club volleyball team. He also attended Lee and Austin junior colleges and recently started working toward a master’s degree at A&M-Corpus Christi.