Named the first Head Coach of Seattle Sounders FC on December 16, 2008, Sigi Schmid is the winningest coach in MLS history. Since 1999, Schmid’s teams have won nine major titles, including two MLS Cups.
A two-time MLS Coach of the Year, Schmid has led Sounders FC to five consecutive appearances in the MLS Cup Playoffs, marking the second-longest active streak while nearing the record for most consecutive postseason appearances by an expansion team. In 2012, the club reached its first-ever Western Conference Championship and, in 2013, the team won its first-ever Knockout Round match against the Colorado Rapids.
Schmid also guided Sounders FC to a record three straight Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup titles, becoming the first team in 42 years to win back-to-back-to-back championships. The run began in 2009 with a 2-1 road win at D.C. United, followed by a 2-1 home win against the Columbus Crew to claim the 2010 title. In 2011, Sounders FC made history with a 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire in front of a record crowd on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field.
Schmid joined Sounders FC in its inaugural campaign after leading the Columbus Crew to its first MLS Cup and Supporters’ Shield, earning MLS Coach of the Year honors in 2008.
From 1999 through 2004, Schmid’s L.A. Galaxy teams won four major competitions: the 2002 MLS Cup and Supporters’ Shield, the 2001 U.S. Open Cup and the 2001 CONCACAF Champions Cup. He was voted the MLS Coach of the Year in his first season, 1999. Altogether, his Galaxy teams were 79-53-32 and reached the MLS Cup final four times, winning three division crowns.
Schmid ranks No. 1 in MLS career victories (187) and games coached (418). Overall, Schmid’s record in MLS is 187-130-101. His combined postseason win total (23) is the second-highest in MLS history.
Schmid is one of two coaches in MLS history to guide two different teams to MLS Cup titles. He is one of three to coach in four MLS Cup finals.
Schmid has twice served as the U.S. U-20 National Team head coach, most recently in 2005 at the FIFA World Championships. Schmid was an assistant to Bora Milutinovic on the Americans’ 1994 World Cup team and he also was head coach for the 1991 World University Games and 1995 Pan American Games.
Schmid first forged a winning tradition at his alma mater, UCLA. After serving as an assistant, he was elevated to head coach of the Bruins in 1980, beginning a 19-year run at the helm. His first NCAA championship was won in 1985 at Seattle’s Kingdome. UCLA went on to claim two more national titles in 1990 and 1997. Schmid was named national coach of the year following the 1997 championship. When he left to take over the Galaxy, his UCLA teams had accumulated a record of 322-63-33.
Scores of Schmid’s UCLA players have played professionally and internationally, including Sounders FC Sporting Director Chris Henderson (1989-90). Others include Brad Friedel, Cobi Jones, Paul Caligiuri, Eddie Lewis and Carlos Bocanegra.
Schmid is a member of both the National Soccer and UCLA halls of fame and he was presented with the Walt Chyzowych Lifetime Achievement Award following the 2010 season.
Born in Tuebingin, Germany, Schmid relocated with his family to the U.S. in 1956, and to Torrance, Calif., in 1962. He was a four-year starter at UCLA (1972-75) where he graduated with a B.S. Degree in Economics in 1976, and he later earned a M.A. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. Schmid is a Certified Public Accountant.
He and his wife, Valerie, maintain a residence in Manhattan Beach. He has four children: Erik, Lacey, Kurt and Kyle. Kurt is a Sounders FC Assistant Coach and Scout.