|Title:||Head Men's Basketball Coach|
|Previous College:||Boston College '85|
2016 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year
SCHMIDT'S CAREER RECORD
Record at St. Bonaventure: 229-180 (118-102 A-10)
The St. Bonaventure men’s basketball program has reached unforeseen heights under head coach Mark Schmidt, who has now completed 13 seasons in charge of the program.
St. Bonaventure's all-time wins leader, Schmidt has keyed the return of the Bonnies to national prominence and as one of the Atlantic 10's finest.
Though the 2019-20 season was cut short due to COVID-19, Schmidt's Bonnies continued their streak of rising to the top of the A-10 with their sixth consecutive season of double-digit conference wins, the longest active streak among all Atlantic 10 programs. SBU scored 19 victories overall, the seventh year in a row of 18 or more wins, and finished fifth in the A-10 regular season standings - the fifth straight year the program has finished in the league's top five. At the end of the season, sophomore point guard Kyle Lofton gave the program five straight years with a First Team All-Conference selection.
A young Bonnies squad in 2018-19 represented one of Schmidt's finest coaching jobs as he guided a freshman-laden team to a 12-6 A-10 record and a spot in the Atlantic 10 Championship Game. It marked the fifth straight year of double-digit conference wins, a program first, while Bona's 85 A-10 triumphs since 2015 rank second among all-conference teams. Senior Courtney Stockard' landed on the A-10 First Team while both Kyle Lofton and Osun Osunniyi earned All-Rookie Team picks with Osunniyi also landing on the All-Defensive Team.
Along the way, Schmidt captured history. On Feb. 17, 2019, he became the winningest coach in program history as he passed the legendary Larry Weise with his 203rd victory as Bonnies head coach. Entering the 2019-20 season he owns 210 wins on the Bona sidelines.
With the All-Conference backcourt of Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley leading the way, 2017-18 was Schmidt's most successful during his tenure. The Bonnies went 26-8, setting a school record for wins in a season (the prior mark of 25 had stood since the Final Four season of 1969-70) and reaching the NCAA Tournament. There, they beat UCLA in the First Four in Dayton, Ohio, for the program's first NCAA win since that same 1969-70 season. The Bonnies went 14-4 in the Atlantic 10 to finish second -- their fourth straight year with double-digit conference victories. Perhaps the most remarkable achievement of the season were the 13 straight wins to end the regular season. Both Adams and Mobley were selected to the All-Conference First Team as well as the NABC All-District Team. Junior forward LaDarien Griffin was named co-winner of the A-10's Chris Daniels Award for Most Improved Player.
2016-17 was St. Bonaventure's second season in a row of 20 wins, the 16th season of 20 wins in program’s 97-year history and the first back-to-back 20-win seasons since 1977-1978. Schmidt led the Bonnies to a fifth-place finish in the Atlantic 10 with an 11-7 mark, tied for the second-most in the school’s 38 years in A-10. St. Bonaventure's 11 home wins are tied for the fourth-most in a season in program history.
Further testament to Schmidt's ability to recruit and develop players, Adams made the first team All-Conference and backcourt partner Matt Mobley was named third team All-Conference, the third straight season multiple Bona players were named All-Conference.
Schmidt's club continued to be a feared offensive unit in 2016-17, leading the Atlantic 10 in scoring at 76.8 points per game. The Bonnies set a school record with 608 free throws and led the A-10 in free throw percentage at .769. Schmidt's team also ranked fourth in A-10 in three-point field goal percentage (.348), second in offensive rebounds (11.5 per game), fourth in turnover margin (+2.3), third in blocked shots (4.3 per game) and fifth in A-10 in rebounding margin (+1.6)
The 2015-16 season was yet another watershed year under Schmidt's leadership. He led the Bonnies to a share of the Atlantic 10 regular season championship, the first in program history, and was named the A-10 Coach of the Year and the NABC District 4 Coach of the Year. St. Bonaventure earned the 16th NIT berth in school history. The Bonnies recorded the first 20+ win regular season since 1976-77, and their 22 wins tied for most ever in a regular season in school history. During the conference season, as competitive as ever in the A-10, the Bonnies set a school record with 14 wins, and their 14-4 mark is a program record for A-10 winning percentage (.777). At the end of the regular season, St. Bonaventure was 27th in the RPI rankings, its best ever. Schmidt's team finished in the top 5 nationally in free throw percentage and led the A-10 in three-point percentage.
Among the Bonnies’ wins in 2016 was a 79-72 decision at Dayton – the program’s fourth straight win over a ranked team and first-ever road win over a Top 25 program.
The 2014-15 Bonnies were yet another example of Schmidt's ability to get the most out of every team he coaches. Despite losing three starters from the prior year, including the backcourt of Charlon Kloof and Matthew Wright, Schmidt led St. Bonaventure to 18 wins -- including a 10-8 mark in the Atlantic 10, which tied for the second-most in the program's 36 years as an A-10 member. The Bonnies won three games over top-50 RPI teams -- VCU, Davidson and Buffalo. Under Schmidt's guidance, both senior center Youssou Ndoye and junior guard Marcus Posley earned third team All-Conference honors. Ndoye, a little-known prrospect coming out of Lee Academy (Maine) back in 2011, went on to earn an spot on two NBA summer league rosters. Schmidt's 100th win at Bona's came at home on Jan. 22, 2014, against La Salle.
In 2013-14, he led St. Bonaventure to an 18-15 record and a ninth-place finish in the Atlantic 10. The Bonnies were picked to finish 12th in the conference’s preseason poll. St. Bonaventure advanced to the semifinals of the A-10 Tournament for the second time in the last three seasons, defeating No. 1 seed Saint Louis in the quarterfinals. The Bonnies also recorded the most non-conference wins in a season (10) by a St. Bonaventure team since 1997 and defeated two ranked teams (UMass and Saint Louis).
Schmidt’s blue-collar efforts to revive the tradition-rich program resulted in an unprecedented season in 2011-12. The Bonnies won their first-ever Atlantic 10 Championship title and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament, where they held a lead on No. 3 Florida State for nearly the entire game but narrowly lost by three points in the closing seconds of the Second Round.
Under Schmidt’s guidance, St. Bonaventure has become a consistent winner in the Atlantic 10. The team improved its conference win total in five straight seasons, starting in 2007-08 and culminating in the magical 2011-12 campaign. The Bonnies went 20-12 (10-6 Atlantic 10) and captured victories over Saint Joseph’s, Massachusetts and Xavier to win the Atlantic 10 Championship crown and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in program history.
SBU’s 20 victories overall and 10 in the Atlantic 10 in 2011-12 were its most since the 1999-2000 season, the last time a Bonnies team had earned an NCAA Tournament bid. The 10 victories also marked just the fourth time in history a Bonaventure team reached double-digit conference triumphs.
Schmidt was recognized for his remarkable work in rebuilding the Bonnies by being named the 2012 Sporting News Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year. He was also named the Basketball Coaches Association of New York Men’s Division I Coach of the Year.
Schmidt was instrumental in the development of 2012 A-10 Player of the Year and AP Honorable Mention All-American Andrew Nicholson, who ended his career ranked second in school history in scoring (2,103 points) and fourth in rebounds (887). Nicholson was selected by the Orlando Magic in the First Round (No. 19 overall) of the 2012 NBA Draft.
In total, 25 student-athletes who played at St. Bonaventure under Schmidt have gone on to sign professional basketball contracts.
Schmidt took over the St. Bonaventure program on April 10, 2007, becoming the 19th head coach in school history.
Schmidt’s intense personality rubbed off on everyone involved with the program in his first season, as St. Bonaventure was much more competitive in the ultra-talented A-10 Conference. Disguised in the team’s 8-22 record were 10 losses by 10 points or less, including four by five points or less.
During his third season in 2009-10, Schmidt guided the Bonnies to their second straight season with 15 wins. St. Bonaventure gained its second consecutive berth in the Atlantic 10 Championship, where the Bonnies defeated Duquesne for the program's first postseason win since 2002.
In 2008-09, St. Bonaventure finished with a 15-15 overall record – the program’s best mark in the last six years. Included in that season was a program record seven consecutive road wins to start the season and the program’s first trip back to the Atlantic 10 Tournament since 2005. The team’s seven true road wins also tied the record set by the 2001-02 club.
Key to the quick turnaround in 2008-09 was the team’s ability to buy into Schmidt’s emphasis on playing hard for 40 minutes. That philosophy paid big dividends, as the Bonnies out-rebounded 22 of their 30 opponents en route to ranking in the top five in the conference in all three major rebounding statistics. Also a direct result of Schmidt’s style of play was the team’s 70.8 points per game – the most by a Bonaventure team since 2002-03.
During the 2008-09 season, Nicholson was named the A-10 Rookie of the Year and a Freshman All-American by CollegeHoopsNet.com. Nicholson was the third player in Schmidt’s eight-year head coaching career to win a conference Rookie of the Year accolade. Junior Jonathan Hall also flourished under Schmidt’s run-and-gun style, becoming the second player in program history to lead the team in points, rebounds and assists in the same season.
Additionally, Schmidt achieved a personal milestone of his own midway through the season, as he earned his 100th career win in the team’s 78-65 win at Fordham in the A-10 opener.
During the 2010-11 campaign, Schmidt oversaw a Bonnies squad that posted the school's first winning season (16-15) and postseason berth (CBI) since 2001-02. The Bonnies - picked for second to last in the preseason poll - exceeded expectations and finished tied for seventh in the league standings and earned a home A-10 Championship game for the second straight season.
Schmidt served as the head coach at Robert Morris for six seasons prior to coming to St. Bonaventure. There, he inherited a program that had managed just a 7-22 record in the season before his arrival. Schmidt quickly turned things around, leading the Colonials to the Northeast Conference Tournament semifinals in 2004 and 2006. During his six seasons at RMU, he had an overall record of 82-90, including a 15-14 mark in 2005-06, the program's first winning season since 2000. Schmidt turned the Colonials into a year-in and year-out contender in the conference, posting a 58-52 mark in league play highlighted by four seasons of 10 or more league wins.
Schmidt coached six NEC All-Conference players at RMU, along with three All-Rookie team selections and one Conference Rookie of the Year in Jeremy Chappell in 2006.
Prior to Robert Morris, Schmidt spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at Xavier University under head coach Skip Prosser. Schmidt served as the program's top recruiter, landing future NBA players Torraye Braggs (Houston Rockets), Lionel Chalmers (Minnesota Timberwolves), James Posey (Miami Heat), Romain Sato (San Antonio Spurs) and David West (New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets). With most of his coaching responsibilities centered around the post players, Schmidt helped develop West into a three-time Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and the National Player of the Year in 2003.
During his stay in Cincinnati, Ohio, Schmidt helped lead the Musketeers to four NCAA Tournament appearances and the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) twice. Xavier claimed its first-ever Atlantic 10 West Division title in 1996-97 and both the West Division and tournament championships in 1997-98. In 1997, Xavier defeated Vanderbilt in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and finished the season with the school's highest Associated Press ranking at No. 13. The Musketeers made it to the NIT Final Four at Madison Square Garden in 1999, finishing third, the school's best finish since 1958.
Schmidt served as an assistant under Prosser at Loyola College during the 1993-94 season. He helped guide the Greyhounds to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament title and the school's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth.
From 1991-93, Schmidt was an assistant at Penn State University under Bruce Parkhill. The Nittany Lions went 21-8 in 1992 and appeared in the NIT. Schmidt's coaching career began with a two-year stint as an assistant at St. Michael's College in Vermont.
Schmidt played four seasons at Boston College, where he received his bachelor's degree in business administration and management with a concentration in marketing. In his freshman season under head coach Tom Davis, the Eagles went 22-10 and made the NCAA Elite Eight. Schmidt played his final three years under the guidance of head coach Gary Williams. Boston College advanced to the NIT in 1984 and the NCAA Sweet Sixteen the other two years.
A native of North Attleboro, Mass., Schmidt and his wife Anita have three sons: Nick, Derek and Michael. Nick was an All-State player at Olean High School in 2013-14 and he is now an assistant coach at Catholic University after serving two seasons on the Bonnies staff as a graduate assistant. In March of 2016, Derek and Michael helped Olean High to the state championship.