Joe Schmidt '16 enters his third season as an assistant wrestling coach at Baldwin Wallace University in 2018-2019. He is extremely familar with the Yellow Jacket program as a four-year letterman and starter (2013-2016) and then serving as an assistant coach a year ago.
Schmidt was both a strong student and wrestler at BW.
In the classroom, Schmidt carried a 3.421 grade point average in exercise science and was a Dean's List student and a Jacket Scholar.
On the mat, he helped the Yellow Jackets to compile a 47-21 dual match record, including a single-season school-record for wins both as a junior and senior. As a senior, BW won its first Ohio Athletic Conference wrestling title since 1972 and placed second at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Tournament and 20th at the Div. III National Tournament.
Individually, Schmidt started for four years at 149 pounds and works with the 149 and 157-pound weight groups today. The four-year starter compiled an impressive 87-56 career record with 162 takedowns, 96 escapes, 12 reversals and 99 near falls. He had 23 technical falls and five pins. Schmidt earned.
As a sophomore, Schmidt was named as the OAC Wrestler of the Week, and as a senior, he was a NWCA (National Wrestling Coaches Association) Scholar All-American.
A year ago as an assistant coach, Schmidt helped BW to compile a school-record 22 wins, a 22-4 overall record, a Division III national ranking by the NWCA (National Wrtestling Coaches Association), an undefeated (6-0) OAC record, a second straight OAC title and a second consecutive second place finish at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Tournament.
In addition to his exploits in the classroom, Schmidt is working to complete a Master's degree and is an intern on campus.