Erik Schmidt joined the Northwood University men's basketball staff as an assistant coach in the summer of 2017. He is entering his second season as a part of Jeff Rekeweg's staff.
“We are very excited to have a coach with Erik’s passion and energy join our program,” said Rekeweg. “He will be outstanding with player development and brings practical experience to the position.”
Schmidt comes to Northwood after spending the 2016-17 season as a video analyst and graduate assistant at the University Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He had a variety of responsibilities at Milwaukee, including development of scoring reports, coding and evaluating film as well as leading individual workouts. Working under current Butler head coach LaVall Jordan, Schmidt was a part of a Panther team that was the first No. 10 seed in conference history to reach the championship game of the Horizon League Tournament.
Prior to his time at Milwaukee, Schmidt was a part of the program at the University of Michigan. He spent two years as a graduate intern with the Wolverines under John Beilein. Schmidt was a part of the 2015-16 team that reached the NCAA Tournament and won a first round game. He was involved with film breakdown, assisting coaches with practice and player workouts outside of practice.
“Erik came highly recommended both from Coach Jordan and Coach Beilein,” said Rekeweg. “I know he will do an outstanding job for us.”
Schmidt earned a pair of degrees from the University of Michigan – his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2012 and Masters of Arts in Sports Management in 2016.