Kurt Schmid Joins Sounders FC Staff

Scouting, Coaching Role for Former UC Irvine Assistant

RENTON , WASH. Kurt Schmid has been named to the Seattle Sounders FC staff as a scout and assistant coach, it was announced today.

“We are very excited to have Kurt join our staff,” said Sounders FC technical director Chris Henderson. “He will be working with the full team on down through the youth and assisting with scouting. Coming from a soccer family and with coaching experience at many levels, he has good knowledge of young players and he will be a big asset for our club.”

Schmid will scout players from the youth to international level and coordinate the Match Analysis scouting system. In addition, he will serve as a first team assistant coach to Sigi Schmid, his father and Seattle head coach.

Kurt Schmid was in Trinidad earlier this month, scouting players at the CONCACAF U-20 World Cup qualifying tournament.

For the past three seasons Kurt Schmid has been an assistant coach at the collegiate level, first at Saint Mary’s College, then the past two years 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 the past 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, 26 (DOB 3/24/1982), 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.

Transaction: Seattle Sounders (MLS) – Named Kurt Schmid scout/assistant coach