Kevin Schmidt Powers Into Soccer And Life
The Terps' back-up goalie talks about painting, investiment banking and making the save.
Nov. 3, 1999
COLLEGE PARK, Md.-- - The business world can turn into a ruthless pursuit of success. So can a soccer game. In the business world, trades and takeovers happen all the time. Everybody wants to be on top and net the big one. Soccer is the same way, and it's Terp goalie Kevin Schmidt's (Westfield, N.J.) job to tilt the balance of power Maryland's way.
Like his career ahead, Schmidt is excited by the possibilities the power positions in the business world can bring and he's preparing for it now in the classroom and on the field. "I definitely like the power positions," admits Schmidt. "I like to think goalkeeper is the toughest position. It's mentally very demanding."
No matter what facet of his life, Schmidt finds interesting ways to bend a somewhat demanding schedule. While at Maryland, he blends soccer and school. During the summer when he is at home, Schmidt is an independent painter with his brother, Alex. "We do decent work," he says of the pair's talents. "It's gonna take us a little bit longer to get it done, but we'll give you a better deal and stuff like that. You know we're not going to do a crappy job."
When he's not helping his brother paint houses, or off playing soccer or training, he tries to give his other sibling a little helping hand as well. Maybe sometimes a little too much help. Schmidt is part of an somewhat extensive screening process of his sister, Kelly's, boyfriends. "She's a goalie, too, and my brother and I are protective in the way that we like to think we know what's best for her at times with athletics or with making decision or with the boys- stuff like that. At home, if there was a boy I didn't like who called, I'd just hang up if they didn't ask for her politely. I guess I am in that sense. I think it made her tougher, too," adds Schmidt with a grin.
Admittedly a slight underacheiver when he was in junior high, his parents suggested a switch to a private school. Schmidt went with the switch and thinks its one of the best decision he made in his pre-college years, adding a discipline and structure he learned volumes from. "When it came down to make a decision on going, for some reason I was ready for a change. The private school was a lot, lot different," conveys Schmidt. "Just the way people acted and interacted, it was a big change. I wouldn't change it for the world. I loved that school and also it was like a life lesson because people were from such a different status. I learned how to not take things for granted."
This season, Schmidt has played seven games, including five starts when junior Christian Lewis (Ellicott City, Md.) was out with a back injury. He owns a 4-1 record, and has a 0.852 save percentage. He has given up four goals and has a 0.72 goals per game average.
Person you most admire: My Father
Athlete you most admire: Michael Jordan
Your favorite athletic moment of your career. Playing in Bolivia in front of 40,000 people.
What CD is in your stereo right now? Madonna- The Immaculate Collection
If I were given free tickets to see any athletic event I wanted, what event would it be? Champions League Final
The famous athlete you would most like to meet: Diego Maradona
One thing people may not know about me is that… I've had kidney stones.
If you were given round trip tickets to anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? I would take one-way tickets to a place called Tavara in the Fiji Islands where I would surf and relax the rest of my life.
If you could travel back in time and meet any famous person, who would it be and why? Jesus Christ, he was the most amazing man to ever walk the earth.
What do you respect most about Sasho? He works harder at his job than almost anyone I've ever met.
What do you most enjoy about playing soccer at Maryland? The high level of intensity of training and games.
The best piece of advice anyone ever gave you is…Don't ever stop chasing your dreams.
The one word the best describes you is… Determination.
If I could change on thing in the world, it would be… Poverty.
If I lost all my possessions except for one, I'd want to keep… The ring my father gave me.
My ambition after soccer is to… Be a successful investment banker.
My favorite TV show ever is… Friends.
My favorite movie is… The Godfather.
Outside of soccer, I enjoy… Music, dancing.
If you won a million dollars, what would you do with it? Invest for a few years, then donate a lot to charity.
My craziest ambition is to… Play in a World Cup.
Since coming to Maryland, I have learned to… Always be yourself.
My favorite class at Maryland has been… Music 130.