Mitch Schmidt enters the 2017-18 school year in his 12th season with the Bruins. Schmidt brings an extensive playing and coaching background to the Bruin baseball program. He has been involved in all aspects of coaching on-and-off the field during his past appointments.
Schmidt's off-field responsibilities include assisting in the organization of practices and games, scheduling conference and nonconference games, travel coordination, operational budget, student-athlete academic progress, recruitment of quality student-athletes, fundraising and player housing coordination.
Schmidt's on-field duties include assisting in the implementation and supervision of offensive and defensive strategies to the hitters and outfielders. The assembly and execution of the "Bruins Hitters Manual" and the production of game day charts have been used to produce positive offensive strategies with the Bruins hitters.
The 2010 team season batting average of .371 ranked No. 1 in the nation for all NAIA baseball programs. The 2009 team season batting average of .368 ranked fifth in the NAIA. The execution and direction of the "In the Play Outfield System" has been used with the Bruins outfielders as a defensive base.
The Billings, Mont. native started his full-time coaching career in 1995 after serving as an assistant coach before being promoted to head coach at Montana State University-Billings and Minot State University. While at Minot State, the 1997 batting average of .402 ranked second in the NAIA. During the summers, while coaching at Montana State-Billings and Minot State, Schmidt coached American Legion Baseball for the nationally-renowned Billings Post #4 and Minot Post #26 programs.
In 2000, he took the assistant coaching position at Midland University. A year later, in 2001, became the head coach at Valley High School.
After helping eleven student-athletes move on to play baseball at the college level while qualifying for three-consecutive Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) district tournaments in three years at Valley, Schmidt made the move back to the collegiate level.
Prior to joining Bellevue University, he also served as an assistant coach at Dana College from 2004-06. He helped the Vikings qualify for three-consecutive Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournaments, while the 2004 Vikings team captured the Great Plains Athletic Conference title and a berth in the NAIA National Tournament. Additionally, the 2006 Dana team was an NAIA Baseball Scholar Team finalist with a 3.05 Team GPA.
Schmidt has promoted Bellevue University and the Bruins Baseball Program on the national level as a coach, clinician and support staff at regional and national tournaments, camps, clinics, showcases and tryouts for the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau and USA Baseball.
To date throughout Schmidt’s 22 year coaching career he has coached 87 players that have signed professional contracts, 51 of them are former Bruins. Numerous individual Athletic and Academic awards from the National and Conference levels have been awarded to players he has coached: (15) NAIA All-American Awards, (3) NAIA National Gold Glove Awards, (17) Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete Awards, (128) All-Conference Awards, (31) Conference Gold Glove Awards, (57) Conference Scholar Athlete Awards and (3) Conference Baseball Scholar-Athletes of the Year Awards have been earned.
Schmidt and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Omaha, Neb. They have two children, Lauren (10), Abigail (8) and a cat, Lucy (12).
In addition to his baseball duties, Schmidt is the Student Athlete Coordinator in the Student Financial Services Department at Bellevue University and Director of the Nebraska Baseball Academy.
Schmidt earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2002. In May of 2010, he completed his master's degree in leadership at Bellevue.
Updated June 27, 2017