Former Fresno State assistant coach and Stanford All-American Lauren Schmidt has joined the Cal lacrosse program as an assistant coach, head coach Ginger Miles announced on July 12.
After earning the MPSF Women’s Lacrosse Player of the year twice while playing for Stanford, Schmidt was an assistant coach for the Bulldogs last year. Schmidt replaces former Cal assistant Emma Wallace, and joins assistant coach Allison Comito under Miles.
“Lauren brings with her not only a passion for lacrosse but also a desire to see the game grow on the West Coast,” Miles said.
During her time as a Cardinal, Schmidt led her team to the 2009 and 2010 NCAA tournaments. She was also a member of the U.S. National Team from 2009-2011, competing in several U.S. lacrosse training sessions and tournaments.
“Her familiarity with the conference and her experience playing for the U.S. National Team will undoubtedly help us take this program to the next level,” Miles said. “Lauren will be a great mentor for our midfield unit and ensure they are maximizing their potential.”
At Fresno State, the former Stanford midfielder focused mainly on the organization, scouting and recruiting of the attacking and midfield aspects of the team.
“I had known [Cal’s] grit, how tough they were and what kind of athletes they were from playing against them and coaching against them,” said Schmidt. “I’m hoping to contribute in any way I can, and I’m definitely excited to come on board.”
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