Mott’s Steve Schmidt praised by former assistant in Toledo Blade

Posted: July 11, 2011 by Jared Field in JUCO

Former Mott Community College assistant Dave Clark, now the head coach at Owens Community College in Toledo, had some nice things to say about the Bears’ hall of fame head coach, Steve Schmidt, recently.

From The Toledo Blade:

After working under Stan Joplin and Louis Orr, you’ve spent the last two years at Mott under Steve Schmidt, who has 537 wins and three JUCO national titles in 20 years. What did you learn from him?

“I learned that winning is a lot of fun. Coach Schmidt is a winner, and I hope he gets a chance at the Division I level some day. He gets his players to play harder than any coach I’ve been around. It was never about X’s and O’s, it’s about passion, hard work, and energy.”

  1. Chris Matheson says:

    As crazy as it sounds given his accomplishments and the recognition he has received, Coach Schmidt is vastly under appreciated. What he does year-in and year-out is nothing short of remarkable. I sincerely hope he gets an opportunity at the D-1 level.

  2. hoopscoach says:

    Congrats to Dave and he’s right about Steve Schmidt. Matter of fact, I’ll take it one step higher; Coach Schmidt is better than a lot of D-1 guys. Just needs the chance.

    • Jared Field says:

      I’m sure there’s a creative AD/President combination out there that will give him a shot at some point. I’m a firm believer that if you can win with consistency at the JUCO level, you can win with consistency at any level. The JUCO ranks can be really tough on coaches for a variety of reasons.

  3. SBell says:

    Growing up in West Michigan, seeing Glenn Van Wieren and Ed Douma on the sidelines, learned pretty early that there’s not much correlation between who are the great coaches and which roman numeral follows your school’s name.

  4. hoopscoach says:

    I would agree with SBell too when discussing coaching; who’s good and who’s bad, etc. Some guys motivation to make top dollar and be in the spotlight isn’t as high as others. I know a lot of high school, D-3, NAIA coaches that would make a good head coach at the D-1 level.

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