Now in his seventh year at Tufts, Mike Schmidt is the Jumbos' Director of Men's Cross Country, Head Distance Coach for Track & Field and the program's Recruiting Coordinator.
Last year, Coach Schmidt was part of the staff which guided the Jumbos to their second consecutive New England Division III indoor championship. Hiroto Watanabe in the 800 repeated as New England champion. The team tied for 13th place at the NCAA indoor meet, the program's best NCAA team finish since 2007. Watanabe had his best career finish and time at the NCAA meet in the 800 meters. His 1:53.64 mark for sixth place earned him All-American honors indoors for the second straight season. Tufts was the highest finishing New England team at the national championship.
In cross country, Schmidt's 2016 Jumbo team featured All-Americans Tim Nichols and Luke O'Connor, marking the first time in team history that two Tufts runners posted All-American efforts in the same NCAA race. Nichols, who won the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and NCAA Regional titles that year, finished third at NCAA's for the highest Jumbo finish ever. He was also selected as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Scholar Athlete of the Year. Tufts has qualifield for the NCAA Championships as a team five times during Schmidt's tenure.
Schmidt has been voted USTFCCCA New England Assistant Coach of the Year three times in track & field. He earned the honor for the outdoor season in May 2017, and in March 2017 he was the Region's indoor winner of the award for the second straight season. Jumbo distance runenrs have won five NCAA Championships under Schmidt's guidance. Mitchell Black was the 800 meters national champion indoors and outdoors in both 2015 and 2016. Nichols won the 5,000 meter indoor title in March 2017. O'Connor was the USTFCCCA New England Athlete of the Year in 2017. Under Schmidt's guidance overall, the Jumbos have broken 11 of 12 varsity school records in the mid-distance and distance events and earned 18 All-American honors in the distance track events, fourth-most among all DIII programs since he joined the staff in 2012.
Starting at Tufts in 2012, Schmidt is a Middlebury College graduate who was a six-time All American for the Panthers. He set NESCAC records and top 10 all-time marks in the 5,000m and 10,000m at the school. His 29:23 in the 10K was the nation's best time for his senior season. He anchored the school's first national-qualifying distance medley relay as well. Schmidt led Middlebury to its first-ever NESCAC cross country title in 2010 and to its first two NCAA team berths.
Originally from Wilmette, Illinois, Mike majored in psychology and film & media studies at Middlebury. Following his senior cross country season, the team's Most Valuable Player award was renamed in his honor.