Corey Schmidt has joined the Southwest Mississippi men’s basketball program as a volunteer assistant coach. He comes to the team from Wake Forest University where he spent the 2019-20 season as video coordinator.
The Nashville, TN, native, is a graduate of Belmont University with a B. S. degree in computer science and Master’s in Sport Management.
Schmidt served as a manager and graduate assistant at Belmont as the team advanced to four NCAA tournaments and a berth in the NIT quarterfinals. After Belmont, he spent four years at the University of New Orleans as Director of Basketball Operations before moving to Wake Forest.
Schmidt expressed his thanks to Bears head coach Bryan Bender “for this amazing opportunity to be a part of his staff. His energy is contagious and his passion for helping his players both on and off the court is second to none.”
“I have a ton of respect for what he has accomplished in his time at Southwest, already,” Schmidt continued, “with back-to-back winning seasons and one of the top team GPA’s in the nation, but I look forward to helping him take the program to even bigger heights.”
For his part, Bender said Schmidt “is the final piece of the puzzle for our program this upcoming year. He brings an extremely diverse skill set to our coaching staff having spent 11 years at the low, mid and high-major levels of (NCAA) Division I. His background in knowing the southern half of Mississippi and the state of Louisiana from a recruiting standpoint will also pay dividends within our program.”
Looking at the upcoming season, Schmidt said he could not “wait to get to work with this year’s team. We have a great group of guys and they have already been working extremely hard since they have been back on campus. I am also excited to be on the road recruiting full time. Having spent four years right down the road in New Orleans at UNO, this is a region of the country I am familiar with so I have already hit the ground running.”
“He is a great basketball mind on both sides of the ball,” Bender stated “and will add valuable scouting, player development and analytic expertise to our staff. He is not only a basketball junky, but a very diligent and detailed worker and will be able to help our program remain one of the top teams in the MACCC.”
Story Courtesy Michael D. Gunnell, Southwest Sports Information: