Sasha Schmid named Missouri tennis head coach

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 | 9:07 p.m. CDT; updated 9:18 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 26, 2011

COLUMBIA — Sasha Schmid was named the coach of Missouri's tennis team on Tuesday. Schmid coached at Stetson University for the past 10 years, and her teams compiled a 132-101 record.

Schmid replaces Interim Head Coach Steven Stuckenschneider, who filled in when the previous coach, Blake Starkey, resigned in January after 14 years.

Schmid had losing seasons each of her first three years at Stetson but has not had one since. In 2010, her team tied the school record with 18 wins in a season and followed that up with a 17-6 record this year.

"I am thrilled to begin working with the outstanding young women on the team as we begin a new journey together to move Missouri women's tennis to a new level of excellence,” Schmid said in a news release.

Schmid is a 1996 University of Iowa graduate and was named Most Valuable Player on the Hawkeyes tennis team her senior year. She also earned a law degree from Iowa in 1999.

Schmid worked as an assistant coach at Northwestern from 1996 to 1997 and as an assistant on Iowa's tennis team from 1998 to 2000.

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