Paul Schmidt Elevated to Director of Sports Medicine
Aug. 27, 2012
Champaign, Ill. - University of Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas announced Monday that Paul Schmidt has been named Director of Sports Medicine for Fighting Illini athletics. In his new role, Schmidt will work with the men's basketball team while overseeing the athletics sports medicine program.
"Paul's experience and the relationships he has formed during his years at Illinois make him a perfect fit for this position," Thomas said. "He has a very talented staff to work with in providing the very best medical care for Illini student-athletes."
Schmidt is starting his seventh year at Illinois and 20th year working in college athletics. He has worked with the Illini women's basketball team the past seven years as associate athletic trainer.
The Lombard, Ill., native spent four years as the head athletic trainer at Wayne State in Detroit, before coming to Illinois in August 2006. Prior to that, he spent eight years working as an athletic trainer at Syracuse.
Schmidt received his B.S. in physical education from Northern Illinois in 1992 before spending one year as an athletic trainer at the High Plains Sports Medicine Clinic in Hays, Kan. He then moved 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 in 1996 and spent the next six years there as an assistant athletic trainer.