Profile: Having already served U.S. Soccer in numerous coaching capacities, including as an assistant to the 1994 World Cup Team, Sigi Schmid was appointed U.S. Men's Under-20 National Team coach in January 1998 and guided the team through CONCACAF qualifying and into the finals of the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship.
Schmid is recognized as one of the most successful collegiate coaches of all time, accumulating a 322-63-33 (.810 winning %) record in 19 seasons at UCLA. During that time, the Bruins have won three NCAA Division I National Championships and amassed a streak of 16 consecutive NCAA post-season appearances.
Schmid's UCLA players have advanced out of the college game to play at the highest levels in the world. Bruin players, past and present, have played for U.S. national teams at every level, and more than 20 have appeared for the senior U.S. National Team. In addition, twenty-two of Schmid's players, the most amongst all colleges in the nation, were on Major League Soccer rosters at the start of the 1998 professional season.
In 1997, Schmid's UCLA team compiled a 22-2 record and won its third NCAA National Championship, despite playing without several key players due to injury. That UCLA continued to succeed throughout those injuries is a testament to Schmid's coaching and recruiting abilities. The fete did not go unnoticed however, as Schmid garnered NSCAA Coach of the Year honors.
Schmid has forged his way into soccer's history, not only as a coach, but as a player. In 1996, he was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame as one of the first members of the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO). He went on to have a successful career at UCLA as a four-year starter at midfield from 1972-75. He served as UCLA's assistant in 1977 and 1979 before taking over the program in 1980.
A Certified Public Accountant, Schmid graduated from UCLA in 1976 with a B.S. degree in economics. He earned his M.A. in Business Administration from USC. Born Siegfried Schmid in Tuebingen, West Germany on March 20, 1953, he moved with his family to Torrance in 1962. He has three sons, Erik, Kurt, and Kyle.