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Matt Schmidt joined the Duquesne women's basketball staff in June 2013. The Johnstown, Pa. native came to the Bluff after serving as head women's basketball coach at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga. for five seasons.
At Armstrong Atlantic, Schmidt led the Pirates to 60 victories, 37 in the Peach Belt Conference. In his first season at the helm, Schmidt's team won a program record 12 conference games and had its highest conference finish in 15 years. During his tenure, he saw a pair of players named to the Peach Belt All-Conference team. He also coaches the first back-to-back-to-back Peach Belt Player of the Week in nine seasons. His signature win came in his final season with the Pirates, a 69-67 victory over #5 USC Aiken.
Prior to his time at Armstrong Atlantic, Schmidt served as the top assistant coach at Northern Kentucky for four seasons under head coach Nancy Winstel. In 2008, he helped the Norse win the NCAA Division II National Championship. NKU, who was a #4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, finished with a 28-8 record that season. The 2007 season at NKU saw the Norse ranked as high as #10 in the country en route to a 21-8 records. NKU was a #2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. In 2006, Northern Kentucky finished 27-5, which was the best winning percentage in school history and an 11-game improvement from the previous season. NKU was the Great Lakes East Division regular season and tournament champion. The season was highlighted by a 16-game winning streak. In his first year at NKU, Schmidt helped the Norse to 13 conference victories. He coached eight GLVC All-Conference players a total of 13 times. Overall, NKU was 92-32 with Schmidt on staff, averaging 23 win per season.
Schmidt served three season as an assistant at the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio. While at Findlay, he led the Oilers to 40 wins from 2002-04. and coach players that were named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic All-Conference a total of eight times. During his final season at Findlay, the Oilers were ranked 2nd in the WBCA Academic Top 25 with a cumulative GPA of 3.676.
Schmidt was a assistant coach at West Virginia for the 2001 season. He coached Kate Bulger who finished her career as WVU's 4th all-time leading scorer and was the first player from West Virginia to be drafted in the WNBA.
During the 2000 season, Schmidt was an assistant coach as UMBC in Baltimore, Md. He helped the Retrievers transition from the Big South Conference into the Northeast Conference. The season was highlighted with victories over conference tournament runner-up Wagner and Mount St. Mary's, who finished 2nd in the NEC.
As a graduate assistant at WVU during the 1999 season, Schmidt coached four 1,000 point scorers. Additionally, he coached the 1999 Big East Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He earned his masters degree in physical education in August 2000.
Prior to coaching in college, Schmidt returned to his high school alma mater, Ferndale, as the head juniors boys basketball coach for the 1998 season.
In 1997, Schmidt was an assistant coach at Westmont Hilltop High School in his hometown of Johnstown, Pa. He help lead the Hilltoppers to a 21-5 record and the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference championship.
As a student-athlete, Schmidt played collegiately at West Liberty State in Wheeling, W.Va. A member of the Dean's List, Schmidt was a four-time West Liberty State College Scholar Athlete while earning a degree in education.
Schmidt and his wife, Brittany, have a son Jackson.