NEW ULM - Martin Luther College assistant baseball coach John Schmidt has retired from his coaching position after 30 seasons coaching at Northwestern College (Wis.) and MLC.
Schmidt served one season (1982) as assistant football coach at NWC, and then started his 29-year run coaching baseball in 1985 when he was named assistant to then-coach Lloyd Thompson.
Schmidt took over the head coaching position at NWC in 1986, where he served for 10 seasons. When NWC and the former Dr. Martin Luther College amalgamated on New Ulm's campus, Schmidt came to the newly formed institution, Martin Luther College, and served as assistant coach for 18 seasons under three coaches: Drew Buck (1996-2007), Steve Thiesfeldt (2008-09) and Randy Cox (2010-13).
"During the past 30 years, I enjoyed working with talented head coaches and fellow assistant coaches, and getting to know the many coaches against whom we competed," Schmidt said. "I had the unique privilege of coaching the sons of former players. I enjoyed getting to know students outside the classroom and meeting their parents at games. Above all, I have enjoyed watching our players mature both on and off the field, and seeing many of them now serving as pastors, teachers, and staff minsters."
Schmidt was named Lake Michigan Conference Coach of the Year in 1987 at NWC. Other highlights for him include MLC's advancement to the UMAC tournament last season and several wins against conference power St. Scholastica.
Cox was thankful for Schmidt's help over the last four seasons.
"John gave me a lot of insight on the conference opponents when I took the position at MLC," Cox said. "He always demonstrated positive attributes towards the young men in the baseball program at MLC."
After 30 seasons, Schmidt is grateful.
"I will always treasure having served our Lord and his people in this unique way," Schmidt said. "I am thankful to Him for having given me the stamina and health to coach for 30 years. I am also thankful to my wife, Linda, and the members of my family for sharing me with athletics for the past 30 years."