An overtime goal earlier this month made Men’s Head Soccer Coach Tim Schmiechen the winningest coach in Midwest Conference Men’s Soccer history. (The designation refers to overall wins.) Schmiechen, now 194-149-26, surpasses John Pfitsch, who amassed 193 wins at Grinnell College from 1974-97.
The longtime coach talked to the Terrarium about this honor, his team, and what’s coming up this season.
Q: How do you feel about becoming the winningest coach in MWC Men's Soccer history?
A: It's a very nice honor, but I couldn't have done it without many great players and some outstanding assistant coaches.
Q: How long have you been coaching men's soccer? Did you ever expect to win this honor?
A: I started coaching after I graduated from college in 1985. No—when I arrived at Beloit in 1990 I thought I would stay for only a few years, but I've really enjoyed the students and the entire Beloit community. I've had a wonderful experience, and it's amazing how fast the time has flown by.
Q: How’s the season going so far?
A: We're 4-1 so far and playing very well. We were excited to start conference play last week against Carroll University, last year's conference champion. It will be hard to make the conference championship tournament again this year, but we're optimistic.
Q: What is your team like this year?
A: Our three seniors—Anthony Racine’13, Marc Robinson’13, and Jackson Wilkins’13—are leading our team in goals and have been very good captains for us. But we also have a very good group of new players on the team. Aaron Clark’16, a first year from Colorado, has scored two overtime goals.
Q: What's not to be missed this season?
A: Our next home game is tonight (Sept. 25) against Lake Forest, one of the best teams in our conference. It should be a very exciting game.