Sasha Schmid Named Mizzou Tennis Coach
COLUMBIA - Sasha Schmid, a highly successful coach at Stetson University for the past 10 seasons, has been named head tennis coach for the University of Missouri women's program, as announced today by Senior Associate Athletics Director, Mary Austin.
A 1996 graduate of the University of Iowa, Schmid was a four-year letterwinner on the Iowa tennis team. She played at #1 and #2 singles, and she was named the team's Most Valuable Player her senior year. She earned her Juris Doctorate degree in December, 1999, and gained her Bar Admission from the State of Iowa in February, 2000. Schmid's husband, Jeff, is currently the Director of Golf Instruction at Victoria Hills Golf Course, the Director of Victoria Hills Golf Academy and a volunteer assistant coach for the women's golf team at Stetson. They have two daughters, Lucy (age 5) and Lily Ayn (3).
Schmid has posted a record of 132-101 (56.7%) in her 10 seasons at Stetson, located in DeLand, Fla., including an impressive 35 combined wins over the past two seasons. Schmid's Hatter program tied the school season win total in 2010 with 18 victories, and followed with another impressive 2011 campaign which saw them claim 17 more wins. Stetson has gone 49-21 overall under Schmid's guidance the last three seasons (70.0%).
A three-time recipient of the Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year Award, Schmid will take over for Interim Head Coach Stephen Stuckenschneider and Interim Associate Head Coach Helena Besovic, who led the Tigers to an 11-8 record in 2011, following the January announcement when 14-year coach Blake Starkey stepped down.
"I want to thank the University of Missouri, Athletics Director Mike Alden, Senior Associate Athletics Director Mary Austin and the entire women's tennis search committee for giving me the opportunity to join the University of Missouri family and coach the Mizzou Women's Tennis Team," said Schmid. "I am thrilled to begin working with the outstanding young women on the team as we begin a new journey together to move Missouri Women's Tennis to a new level of excellence," she said.