Schmid entered the National Soccer Hall of Fame as a Builder in 2015 after 35 years of coaching soccer in the United States, collecting numerous championships at the collegiate and professional levels.
Schmid with the 2014 U.S. Open Cup championship trophy, the fourth title he guided Sounders FC to since becoming the clubs first MLS head coach in 2009.
For the USA, Schmid served as the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach twice (1998-99 and 2004-05). In 1999, he guided the U-20’s to the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship, where the team was able to advance out of the group stage but fell to eventual champion Spain in the Round of 16. Most recently, he led the U-20’s in 2005 at the FIFA World Youth Championship, where the USA once again bowed out in the Round of 16.
Schmid was an assistant to Bora Milutinovic for the 1994 World Cup team and he also was head coach for the 1991 World University Games and 1995 Pan American Games.
As the winningest coach in Major League history, Schmid has been a staple of excellence for many years, accumulating over 200 victories during his time in the league. He first brought success to the LA Galaxy from 1999-2005, earning MLS Coach of the Year honors during his first season with the team. He led the Galaxy to the 2000 CONCACAF Champions’ Cup title, the 2001 U.S. Open Cup title and its first MLS Cup title in 2002. After a year away, he came back to MLS to coach the Columbus Crew from 2006-08, helping the team win its only MLS Cup in 2008, and earning MLS Coach of the Year honors for the second time. Serving as the current head coach of the Seattle Sounders, a role he assumed in 2009, Schmid has led the team to four U.S. Open Cup titles (2009-11, 2014) as well as to the MLS playoffs in every season so far during his tenure.
After a successful career as a midfielder for UCLA from 1972-75, Schmid found his calling in coaching, taking the reins of his alma mater in Los Angeles in 1980. He coached the Bruins for 19 seasons (1980-99), guiding them to a 322-63-33 record, and the 1985, 1990 and 1997 NCAA Championships.
Schmid in his early Bruin's tenure in Westwood.