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Associate AD Herb Schmidt and his family pose with AD Tim Curley and the Nittany Lion during the Michigan State game. (Click here for a larger version.)
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; November 17, 2006 ?C Herb Schmidt, Penn State Associate Athletic Director, has announced he will retire on December 31 after a distinguished career spanning more than 40 years in teaching, coaching and athletic administration.
Schmidt joined the Nittany Lions?? athletic staff in 1963 and was promoted to Associate Athletic Director in 1986. He served in the U.S. Army from 1965-67, and returned to Penn State as men??s soccer coach in 1968, giving him more than 41 years of service to the University.
Schmidt??s wide-ranging responsibilities, included: facilities, event management, human resources, administrator for 14 men??s sports programs, auxiliary recreational facilities, disability athletics, club sports, intramurals and the Athletics car dealer program. The chair of the NCAA Soccer Rules Committee, Schmidt has served on numerous University, Big Ten Conference and NCAA committees, including the transition committee when Penn State joined the Big Ten.
??I will always treasure the people of Penn State ?C those within the University, alumni and others connected in some fashion to this great institution,?? stated Schmidt.
??We appreciate Herb for his many significant contributions to Penn State Athletics and the University,?? said Tim Curley, Director of Athletics. ??Herb has influenced the growth of the athletic program, as well as our intramural and club sports. He has been the primary liaison on numerous facilities projects and a driving force in the vast improvement of our physical plant. Herb has been a highly effective coach and administrator and a wonderful ambassador for Penn State. We will miss Herb??s perspective, experience and contributions and wish him all the best for a healthy and active retirement.??
A native of Summit, N.J., Schmidt came to Penn State after graduating in 1962 from Rutgers University, where he became the school??s first two-time soccer All-American. He was one of the most prolific scorers in NCAA history, with 31 goals during his senior season, also serving as team captain. He was a two-time All-American midfielder in lacrosse as well.
Schmidt was a member of the inaugural class inducted into the Rutgers Olympic Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.
Schmidt was named Penn State assistant men??s lacrosse coach in 1963 and was promoted to head coach in 1964. From 1965-67, he served in the United States Army, reaching the rank of captain. He coached lacrosse and soccer at Lafayette College for one year before returning to Penn State.
In 1968, Schmidt was named head coach of the Nittany Lion soccer program and assistant lacrosse coach. He guided the team for six years, earning a 38-21-8 record and four NCAA Tournament appearances, including the program??s first-ever berth in 1970. That squad finished 9-3, including a 2-1 NCAA second round loss to Philadelphia Textile in the only soccer game to be played in Beaver Stadium.
Schmidt earned a master??s degree in Physical Education from Penn State in 1968 and joined the athletic administration in 1974. From 1974-81, he served as an assistant professor and Assistant to the Dean of the College of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.
In 1981, he was named Director of Athletic Operations and Assistant to the Dean, with responsibility for business and event management and the athletic ticket office. In 1986, he was promoted to Associate Athletic Director, overseeing the management and coordination of internal and business operations in Intercollegiate Athletics.
One of Schmidt??s primary responsibilities has been oversight of Beaver Stadium operations. Among his favorite memories of Nittany Lion Football was the infamous ??Snow Bowl?? game against Michigan in 1995, a 27-17 Nittany Lion win. Seventeen inches of snow fell several days before the mid-November game.
??What makes that game memorable was all the support from Penn State staff and administrators, who took time to come over to the stadium and help clear the snow,?? Schmidt recalled. ??Between the staff and the inmates from Rockview who helped clear the snow, to the great response by the fans who came to the game and used the shuttle buses we had arranged, that game is one that sticks out.??
Schmidt has been a driving force in the tremendous expansion of Penn State??s athletic facilities over the past 32 years. He has overseen several expansions of Beaver Stadium, with the capacity of the facility growing from 83,370 in the early 1980s to a present figure of 107,282, second largest in the nation. A 10,033-seat upper deck was added in 1991. Prior to the 2001 season, a $93 million expansion and renovation added 60 enclosed skyboxes in a three-level structure above the East stands and an 11,500-seat upper deck, which included 4,000 club seats and the Mount Nittany Lounge.
Among some of the new facilities Schmidt has overseen during his tenure are: the Bryce Jordan Center, the Multi-Sport Facility and Ashenfelter Track, the Mildred and Louis Lasch Football Building, Holuba Hall, Greenberg Indoor Sports Complex, Sarni Tennis Center, the Astroturf Field, the Intramural Building and most recently, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, the fabulous new home for the Nittany Lion baseball team and State College Spikes.
Numerous other facilities have been extensively renovated under Schmidt, including the new wrestling complex and fitness center in Rec Hall, the main gym of Rec Hall, Jeffrey Field, McCoy Natatorium, White Building, East Area Locker Room, Blue and White Golf Courses, the indoor tennis facility and the Stone Valley Recreation Area.
Schmidt and his wife, Dottie, have two sons, Eric and Rich, both of whom are Penn State graduates.