March 27, 2006
Moraga, CA- Saint Mary's head men's soccer coach Adam Cooper announced today the hiring of Ryan Edwards and Kurt Schmid. The duo will serve as assistant coaches on the Saint Mary's staff and bring with them professional playing and high level coaching experience.
"I am very excited to welcome Ryan and Kurt to our staff," Cooper said. "The wealth of coaching experience along with the level of soccer these two played will add a lot to our program."
Edwards comes to Saint Mary's from Seattle, WA and brings with him eight years of coaching and professional playing experience. Since finishing his collegiate career, he has played professionally in the A-League for eight seasons, six with the Seattle Sounders and two with the San Francisco Bay Area Seals.
His coaching experience includes being the head coach of two Crossfire Premier Soccer teams. The U-11B and U-16B teams. Edwards co-founded and was the President of First Touch Training.
He also coached the Seattle Sounders youth teams and was an assistant at Bellevue Community College and Lake Washington High School.
As a player, Edwards was a consistent member of the Sounders monstrous and aggressive backline. In 2005, Edwards played over 2,700 minutes in 26 matches, scoring three goals and one assist.
Edwards was the club's most consistent scoring threats from the back, recording 10 goals in four seasons.
A University of Washington Alum, Edwards joined the Sounders for the 1998 season before returning to his home state of California to play for the Bay Area Seals in 1999 and 2000. Returning to the Sounders in 2001, Edwards is currently fourth on the club's list of all-time minutes played; logging nearly 11,000 minutes on the pitch.
While at the UW, he was a four-year letterman on the men's soccer team and majored in Speech Communication. He was nominated to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation second team during the 1995 season.
Schmid joins the Gaels' staff and brings with him extensive collegiate playing and coaching experience. Schmid led the UCLA Bruins to the 2002 National Championship and was a four-year letterwinner at the collegiate level.
Schmid began his coaching at South High School in Torrance, CA and was the head coach of the South Bay Soccer Club.
At South High School, Schmid helped the Spartans earn back-to-back league championships.
Schmid also worked for Nike as a Tour Manager where he managed overall onsite operations and marketed Nike Soccer to thousands of youth across the nation.
His coaching tree includes his father Sigi Schmid, who is the head coach of the Columbus Crew. Sigi managed the Los Angeles Galaxy for six years and was the head coach at UCLA for 18 seasons.