Mike Schmidt enters his sixth season as San Diego State’s offensive line coach and his ninth as a member of the Aztec staff.
Has been influential in San Diego State establishing itself as one of the top rushing programs in the country. Since joining the staff as a full-time assistant coach in 2012, the Aztecs rank 14th nationally in rushing yardage per game (220.7), tied for 17th in rushing touchdowns (152) and 18th in rushing yard per carry (5.1).
The 2016 Aztecs set program records in rushing yards (3,680), rushing touchdowns (34), rushing yards per carry (5.8), points (493) and field goals (21).
Guided Nico Siragusa in 2016 to USA Today First-Team and AP Third-Team All-America accolades. Over his four years, Siragusa blocked for the all-time leading rusher (Donnel Pumphrey), becoming the first San Diego State offensive lineman to be named a first-team all-MW selection twice in league history. He was the second SDSU offensive lineman drafted in the last three years when he was picked in the fourth round by the Baltimore Ravens.
In his first collegiate year at the position in 2016, Daniel Brunskill was chosen as a Burlsworth Nominee and captured second-team All-MW honors.
In 2015, under his tutelage, Siragusa and Pearce Slater earned All-Mountain West first-team honors, the first time in MW history that the Aztecs had two first-teamers on the offensive line and the first time in any league since 1998 (WAC - Pacific Division). It was also the fourth straight season multiple offensive linemen earned all-conference honors.
The 2015 Aztecs finished fifth in the nation in red zone offense (94.1 pct.), 14th in rushing yards per game (233.3) and 17th in time of possession (32:43).
In 2014, San Diego State set a then-school record for yards per carry, averaging 5.4 yards per rush. That figure ranked 13th nationally.
Terry Poole (first team) and Darrell Greene (honorable mention) both earned all-conference accolades on the offensive line in 2014. It marked the third consecutive season that at least two Aztec o-linemen were honored by the league. Poole was drafted in the fourth round by the Seattle Seahawks.
Under his guidance, SDSU ran for at least 2,000 yards as a team and produced a 1,000-yard rusher for the fifth year in a row in 2013.
In 2013, the Aztec offensive line helped pave the way for a rushing attack that totaled over 2,000 yards for the fourth consecutive year for the first time in school history.
Coached multiple all-Mountain West selections for the second year in a row in 2013 after tackle Bryce Quigley earned second-team distinction and guard Poole received honorable mention.
In his first year as assistant coach in 2012, the Aztec offensive line helped establish team rushing records with 2,869 yards in 578 attempts.
In 2012, had three players garner all-MW accolades that same season. Guard Nik Embernate signed a free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers after collecting first-team honors; center Alec Johnson was a second-team selection for the second straight year, while Quigley landed on the honorable mention squad.
Was SDSU’s graduate assistant on the offensive side of the ball for two years from 2010-11, working primarily with the offensive line. In 2010, the Aztecs tied for fifth nationally in fewest sacks allowed (0.69/g) and ranked seventh (0.85/g) in the same category in 2011.
In 2011, helped mentor Tommie Draheim, who became the first Aztec offensive lineman to earn first-team all-MW recognition since 2003. Draheim inked a free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs in the spring of 2013 after spending time with the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots camps in 2012.
In 2009, volunteered as a student assistant with the team, while completing his undergraduate degree.
Played offensive line for San Diego State from 2005-08 and was a captain in his senior campaign.
A former walk-on the defensive line, he changed sides of the ball and earned a scholarship in the fall of 2007.
Team captain at Madison High School in San Diego from 2004- 05. Led the Warhawks to two Harbor League titles, while earning second-team all-CIF, league co-offensive player of the year and first-team all-league honors as a senior.
Played in the 15th annual Alex Spanos All-Star Classic and was a San Diego Union-Tribune all-academic pick.
Graduated from San Diego State with his bachelor's degree in criminal justice in the fall of 2009.