Kurt Schmid

An original member of Sounders FC’s technical staff, Schmid joined the Rave Green as a scout and assistant coach on March 12, 2009. In January 2017, Schmid was promoted from Head Scout to Director of Player Personnel.  

In this role, Schmid manages all soccer-related aspects of S2, while continuing to scout primarily foreign and college players. He is also responsible for discovering and evaluating talent for the Sounders FC First Team. Schmid manages the club’s Las Vegas Combine and assists at the MLS Combine, and he continues to advise Seattle’s management at the MLS SuperDraft. He also coordinates with agents and players to ensure player eligibility, manages the budget for S2 and works extensively with Sounders FC Academy on developing the youth system. For the First Team, Schmid helps with roster management.

Prior to joining Sounders FC, Schmid was an Assistant Coach at the collegiate level, first at Saint Mary’s College, then from 2007-08 at UC Irvine. In 2008, UC Irvine won both the Big West Conference regular season and tournament championship, and the Anteaters earned an NCAA tournament berth. All three were first-time achievements for the UCI program.

Schmid was a member of the Region IV ODP boys coaching staff for two years and also coached at West Coast FC. Previously, he was a coach for South Bay Soccer Club. His coaching career began at South High School in Torrance, California.

Schmid played soccer collegiately at Wake Forest and UCLA, and he was a member of the Bruins’ 2002 NCAA Championship team. He is a graduate of UCLA with a degree in Business-Economics.

Schmid and his wife, Joanne, have three daughters.