ACS: Brandon Schmidt, Hendrix College

Brandon Schmidt
Hendrix College – Conway, Arkansas
Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas
Education: Central Arkansas
Twitter: @branschm26
Email: schmidtb [at]

The moment you first realized that you might like to make coaching part of your career.

The moment that I realized I wanted to be a coach was growing up with a father who coached and mentored me each day till I was a sophomore in high school. I learned quickly that his passion to coach me would be instilled in me for life. I have loved being a coach ever since.

Outside of mentors, talk about one or more ways you’ve learned some aspect of coaching.

After studying the game on my own and watching some of the greats play the game, I have learned that watching games and others perform movements to repeat similar actions helps me to know the game better. Being able to show my players how a certain movement is performed helps them know that I have their best interest in mind.

If you could go back to your rookie coach self and give one piece of advice, what would it be?

If I were to go back and give myself one piece of advice to a younger me, I’d tell myself to be a better listener to my players. I have always believed that players will buy into the process when I listen to how their body feels. I have learned that guys are able to learn to repeat once they know the benefits and thought process behind the movement they are trying to create.

What is one thing you didn’t know (or fully understand) about what coaches do before you got into coaching?

One thing I didn’t know about coaching before I got into it was the personal connections that you make with a young man and family. I have been blessed to be able to interact with special families who love for their child and I hope to share that same love with the time I spend with our guys each day they are with us.

Your dream lunch date. One coach. Any sport. Any level. Living or dead. Who is it?

My dream lunch date with any coach of any sport would be with Augie Garrido. I had the pleasure to hear Augie speak at the ABCA convention and I have always loved listening to his passion be instilled in his players. He loved the game but he loved his players and coaching staff more.

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