|Title:||Head Volleyball Coach; Assistant Professor of Kinesiology|
|Previous College:||Hope College 1999, Miami (Ohio) — M.S. in Sports Behavior and Performance|
|2014||34-2||15-1||First-tie||yes (6-0) national champs|
Becky Schmidt has made her mark on Hope College volleyball as a student-athlete and as a head coach.
Schmidt's 16-season coaching record at Hope is 419-114. Her collegiate coaching record, which includes three seasons (38-33) at the University of Redlands, Calif., is 457-146, which ranks her among the nation's elite.
In 2015, she followed up a national championship-winning season with a 24-7 overall record during the regular season for the 11th consecutive 20-win season in team history.
Schmidt guided the 2014 Flying Dutch to their first national championship with a 6-0 run during the NCAA Division III Tournament. Hope matched a school record for wins in a single season with a 34-2 record.
Twice, Schmidt has guided the Flying Dutch to undefeated (16-0) MIAA seasons (2005 and 2009). The 2009 team had a 34-4 mark, a school record for victories, and advanced to the national semifinals. The 2013 team reached the national quarterfinals and ended with a 32-3 record.
Schmidt coached her 100th Hope victory on Sept. 6, 2008 when the Flying Dutch defeated Olivet. Her Hope record at that time was 100-52. She coached her 200th Hope victory on October 15, 2011 when the Flying Dutch defeated St. Benedict. Her Hope record at that time was 200-60. She won her 300th Hope game on Nov. 21, 2014, against Clarkson, N.Y., in the NCAA Division III quarterfinals. Her record at the time was 300-73. She coached her 400th Hope victory on Sept. 8, 2019, against Kenyon, Ohio. Her Hope record at that time was 400-108.
In November 2008, she was elected the NCAA Division III representative to the Board of Directors of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
Schmidt had an article published in the June-July, 2008 issue of "Coaching Volleyball", the publication of the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The article, "Cultivating Competition: Five Scrimmages to Kindle Your Athletes' Competitive Fire," flows from coach Schmidt's twin interests: volleyball and sports psychology.
A 1999 Hope graduate, Schmidt played middle blocker and ranked among the NCAA leaders in several statistical categories. She was voted the most valuable player in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) as both a junior and senior. As a senior she became the first Hope volleyball player to receive NCAA Division III All-American honors. She was also awarded a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
A kinesiology major, she received departmental recognitions for her academic work. Her senior year she was presented the John Schouten Award as the college's outstanding female student-athlete.
After graduating from Hope she was a graduate assistant volleyball coach at Miami University of Ohio while completing her master's degree in Sport Behavior and Performance. Prior to returning to her alma mater, she was head coach at the University of Redlands, Calif., compiling a 38-33 record in three seasons at the NCAA Division III institution.
She has also coached volleyball club teams in Michigan, Ohio and California. In California she has coached the Redlands Dragons 18s team and helped establish a volleyball development program for 12-year-olds. In 2002 she coached a USA Athlete's International volleyball team to a gold medal in the "Down Under Games" in Australia.
Schmidt is a 1994 graduate of Holland High School. While at Hope she was involved in the Holland community, volunteering with the Boys and Girls Club and Habitat for Humanity. She has continued her involvement with Habitat for Humanity in California. She also served as an assistant women's lacrosse team coach at Redlands.
Becky is married to David Fleece. The couple has a son. David has been the announcer at Hope volleyball matches for several years.