Kurt Schmid was named the Seattle Sounders FC scout and assistant coach on March 12, 2009. Entering his sixth season on the staff, Schmid is Seattle’s primary international and college scout.
In his role, Schmid is responsible for discovering and evaluating talent for the Sounders FC first team. Over the past offseason, he has put together the club’s Las Vegas Combine, assisted at the MLS Combine, and advised Seattle’s management at the MLS SuperDraft. He is also responsible for bringing potential international newcomers to train with Sounders FC and frequently travels abroad to discover new talent.
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, Calif.
Schmid played at Wake Forest and UCLA and 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 one daughter, Reagan.