Schmidt Named Assistant Coach

Attilla-288x360.jpgAMHERST, Mass. – Head coach Justin Serpone of the Amherst College men’s soccer team added a new member to his coaching staff with the addition of Attila Schmidt.

Schmidt arrives to Amherst after spending four years as an assistant men’s soccer coach at Lake Forest College, his alma mater. During his tenure with the Foresters, Schmidt was primarily responsible for assisting with the day-to-day recruiting operations, scouting, video analysis, alumni relations, training and matches. He holds a National ‘B’ License from the United States Soccer Federation and an Advanced National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

“We are very excited to have Attila join the Amherst men’s soccer program,” Serpone stated. “He brings passion, energy and an abundance of experience, both playing and coaching, that will be valuable to the team.” 

Schmidt joins the Jeffs’ coaching staff poised to follow in the footsteps of the last six assistants under Serpone who have all gone on to earn head coaching jobs in Division III.

In his four years at Lake Forest, the Foresters posted a 54-20-4 (.718) overall record with three Midwest Conference tournament appearances. During the fall of 2011, just his second on the coaching staff, Lake Forest qualified for the four-team MWC Tournament for the first time in six seasons. The following season, the Foresters ranked 25th in the nation in scoring offense and 35th in goals against average while capturing the program’s first MWC regular season championship in 11 years with a 9-1 league mark. In 2013, the Foresters captured their second consecutive MWC regular season championship and also qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship for the first time since 1980.

Lake Forest players have earned 16 All-MWC and eight NSCAA All-Region honors in the last three years. In addition, the Foresters had a player earn back-to-back MWC Player of the Year honors in 2012 and 2013 as well as NSCAA All-American, and Capitol One Academic All-American in 2012.

On the pitch, Schmidt was a four-year letter winner, three-year starter, and two-time captain for the Foresters. Following his freshman year he was voted Most Improved Player on a squad that finished 12-2-2 overall. Schmidt earned All-MWC honors as a midfielder each of the next three years, including first team distinction as a sophomore and senior. The Akron, Ohio, native led the Foresters in goals and points during his sophomore and junior seasons and in assists as a sophomore and senior. Eight of his 20 career goals were game-winners and his sophomore season he finished tied for second in points during conference play. The two-time MWC Offensive Performer of the Week finished his four seasons ranked ninth in team history in career assists and tied for 15th in team history with 58 career points in 58 matches played.

As a student, Schmidt earned Academic All-MWC honors his final three seasons and was also inducted into Omicron Delta Epsilon - the International Honor Society in Economics.