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Schmidt tabbed to lead UWSP women's soccer in 2012

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The UW-Stevens Point Athletics Department announced today that Megan Schmidt has been appointed as the interim head women's soccer coach for the upcoming season.
Schmidt becomes just the second head coach in the program's storied history, taking over for Sheila Miech, who announced her retirement after 25 seasons with the program. Schmidt was previously the top assistant coach under Miech for three seasons, primarily in charge of the defense.
"I'm very excited and looking forward to a great season," said Schmidt. "The tradition of success is going to stay with the program. I'm excited to fill some big shoes, but I also learned from a great coach."
Under her guidance as an assistant coach the Pointers posted a 45-14-3 record including an appearance in the 2010 Sweet 16. The defense of her 2010 teams ranked in the top-10 nationally for both shutout percentage and goals-against average and tied a new school record for shutouts in a season.
As a student-athlete for the Pointers, Schmidt was a four-time letter winner from 2004-07 and served as team captain, earning all-conference honors and lead the team to two NCAA tournament appearances.
Schmidt also worked as a soccer instructor, youth coach and player development instructor in Long Island, N.Y, her alma mater Arrowhead High School and locally with Portage County Youth Soccer and PJ Jacobs.
The Hartland, Wis., native holds a bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and is currently pursuing a master's degree in education. Schmidt also holds a USSF National D coaching certification.The team opens the season on Aug. 31 - Sept. 1 with the 2012 UWSP Soccer Invite, playing host to the University of St. Thomas, Gustavus Adolphus and UW-Oshkosh. The Pointers open action on Friday with a 1 p.m. contest against the Tommies.  


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