Mark Schmidt New SBU Men's Basketball Coach

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - Mark Schmidt has been named men's basketball coach at St. Bonaventure University.

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A proven head coach, Schmidt led Robert Morris University to back-to-back winning records the past two seasons, including a 17-11 mark in 2006-07.

Schmidt is the 19th head coach in St. Bonaventure's 87-year men's basketball history.

"We are thrilled to have Mark Schmidt as our new men's basketball coach," said St. Bonaventure Director of Athletics Steve Watson. "He is a proven, successful head coach who impressed us with his attitude, desire and passion. His teams at Robert Morris were known for how hard they played as well as how they improved. Mark also has a firm understanding of what it takes to compete and win in the Atlantic 10 Conference. We welcome Mark and his family into the St. Bonaventure family."

"I commend Steve Watson for his success in recruiting a coach of Mark Schmidt's caliber," said Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., president of the University. "We are pleased to welcome coach Schmidt to the campus and community."

Schmidt served as the head coach at Robert Morris the past six seasons. There, he inherited a program that had managed just a 7-22 record in the season before his arrival. Schmidt quickly turned things around, leading the Colonials to the Northeast Conference Tournament semifinals in 2004 and 2006. During his six seasons at RMU, he had an overall record of 82-90, including a 15-14 mark in 2005-06, the program's first winning season since 2000. Schmidt turned the Colonials into a year-in and year-out contender in the conference, posting a 58-52 mark in league play highlighted by four seasons of 10 or more wins.

Schmidt coached six NEC All-Conference players at RMU, along with three All-Rookie team selections and one Conference Rookie of the Year in Jeremy Chappell in 2006.

Prior to Robert Morris, Schmidt spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at Xavier University under current Wake Forest head coach Skip Prosser. Schmidt served as the program's top recruiter, landing future NBA players Torraye Braggs (Houston Rockets), Lionel Chalmers (Minnesota Timberwolves), James Posey (Miami Heat), Romain Sato (San Antonio Spurs) and David West (New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets). With most of his coaching responsibilities centered around the post players, Schmidt helped develop West into a three-time Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and the National Player of the Year in 2003.

Schmidt helped lead the Musketeers to four NCAA Tournament appearances and the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) twice. Xavier claimed the Atlantic 10 West Division title in 1996-97 and both the West Division and tournament championships in 1997-98. In 1997, Xavier defeated Vanderbilt in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and finished the season with the school's highest Associated Press ranking at No. 13. The Musketeers made it to the NIT Final Four at Madison Square Garden in 1999, finishing third, the school's best finish since 1958.

Schmidt served as an assistant under Prosser at Loyola College during the 1993-94 season. He helped guide the Greyhounds to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament title and the school's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth.

From 1991-93, Schmidt was an assistant at Penn State University under Bruce Parkhill. The Nittany Lions went 21-8 in 1992 and appeared in the NIT. Schmidt's coaching career began with a two-year stint as an assistant at St. Michael's College in Vermont.

Schmidt played four seasons at Boston College, where he received his bachelor's degree in business administration and management with a concentration in marketing. In his freshman season under head coach Tom Davis, the Eagles went 22-10 and made the NCAA Elite Eight. Schmidt played his final three years under the guidance of head coach Gary Williams. Boston College advanced to the NIT in 1984 and the NCAA Sweet Sixteen the other two years.

A native of Providence, R.I., Schmidt and his wife Anita have three sons, Nicholas (11), Derek (9) and Michael (6).

At St. Bonaventure, Schmidt inherits a team that finished 7-22 this past season. Five scholarship players from that team are expected back: guard Tyler Relph and forward Michael Lee, who will be seniors; small forwards A.J. Hawkins and Tyler Benson, who will be juniors, and power forward Jourdan Morris, who will be a sophomore.

Schmidt succeeds Anthony Solomon, who coached the Bonnies the past four years.

THE MARK SCHMIDT FILE

PERSONAL
Date of Birth:Feb. 12, 1963
Hometown:Providence, R.I.
Alma Mater:Boston College
Degrees:B.S. in Business Administration/Management
Wife:Anita (from Valencia, Pa.)
Children:Nicholas (11), Derek (9) and Michael (6)
 
COACHING EXPERIENCE
Years as a coach: 18
 
YearsPositionSchool
2001-07Head CoachRobert Morris
1994-01Assistant CoachXavier
1993-94Assistant CoachLoyola College
1991-93Assistant CoachPenn State
1989-91Assistant CoachSaint Michaels
 
PLAYING CAREER
1981-85Boston College four-year letterwinner; played in the NCAA Tournament three times and NIT once; advanced to Elite Eight and Sweet Sixteen twice


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