Former Stanford All-American Joins California Coaching Staff

BERKELEY Lauren Schmidt, a former Fresno State assistant coach and Stanford All-American, joined the California lacrosse program as an assistant coach, head coach Ginger Miles announced on Thursday. A two-time Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year while with the Cardinal, Schmidt coached with the Bulldogs for the past year.

"I am so thrilled to add Lauren to our staff," Miles said. "Lauren is driven, highly competitive and passionate about lacrosse. Lauren brings with her not only a passion for lacrosse but also a desire to see the game grow on the West Coast. Lauren has coached many local youth and has been very involved in fostering the continued growth of the game in California. Her familiarity with the conference and her experience playing for the U.S. National Team will undoubtedly help us take this program to the next level. Lauren will be a great mentor for our midfield unit and ensure they are maximizing their potential. I have no doubt that her experience as both a player and coach will be tremendous additions to the program."

At Fresno State, the former Cardinal midfielder was actively involved in the organization of the attacking and midfield units, in scouting and in recruiting. A product of Bay Shore, N.Y., she graduated from Stanford in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in human biology.

"I'm really excited about joining the Cal staff," Schmidt said. "I had obviously known the Cal program and a lot of what they had established. I had known their grit, how tough they were and what kind of athletes they were from playing against them and coaching against them. I had known Ginger beforehand and really respected her. I'm hoping to contribute in any way I can, and I'm definitely excited to come on board."

Schmidt started all four of her seasons (2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011) and participating in two NCAA Tournament (2009 and 2010) runs on the Farm. She claimed IWLCA third-team All-America honors in 2010 and 2011 and the MPSF Player of the Year awards in 2009 and 2010, when she also led the Cardinal in points. Schmidt participated in the U.S. National Team program from 2009-11, competing in U.S. Lacrosse tournament and training sessions.

She replaces former Cal assistant Emma Wallace, who spent one season in Berkeley.

Schmidt's addition means that Cal's roster now features three of the last four MPSF Players of the Year, including 2012 recipient and returning Cal senior Megan Takacs.

The Bears are coming off of an 8-8 record (4-3 in the MPSF) in Miles' first year as head coach.

2012-07-13



Create a free lacrosse website