Harkins named head football athletic trainer
Paul Schmidt is entering his third season as Director of Sports Medicine for Fighting Illini athletics, as well as his third season in charge of athletic training for the Illini men's basketball program. Now in his 21st year working in college athletics, Schmidt was promoted to oversee the UI sports medicine program on Aug. 27, 2012.
Schmidt is in his ninth year at Illinois. He previously served six seasons as athletic trainer for the Illini women's basketball team.
The Lombard, Ill., native spent four years as the head athletic trainer at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., before coming to Illinois in August 2006. Prior to that, he spent eight years working as an athletic trainer at Syracuse University.
Schmidt received his B.S. in physical education from Northern Illinois University in 1992 before spending one year as an athletic trainer at the High Plains Sports Medicine Clinic in Hays, Kan.
He then headed to Syracuse to pursue a master's degree and work as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the Orange sports programs. Schmidt earned his M.S. in exercise physiology from Syracuse University in 1996 and spent the next six years there as an assistant athletic trainer.
Schmidt is an Illinois State Licensed Athletic Trainer, an American Red Cross Certified Instructor for First Aid, CPR & AED, and a National Academy of Sports Medicine Performance Enhancement Specialist. He also is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Illinois Athletic Trainers Association.
THE SCHMIDT FILEHometown: Lombard, Ill.
Education: Northern Illinois University, B.S., physical education, 1992
Syracuse University, M.S., exercise physiology, 1996
Schmidt Collegiate Experience
Updated following the 2013-14 season