Former University of Texas standout and U.S. Women's National Team member Kelly Schmedes, formerly Kelly Wilson, will join the Red Raider soccer coaching staff this season as a volunteer assistant coach.
"Above all, Kelly is a first-class person and will prove to be a wonderful addition to our staff," said Texas Tech Soccer Head Coach Neil McGuire. "She is a player who is as dedicated to being an elite level athlete as anyone that I have ever coached. She possesses a terrific work ethic and dedication to the sport, but she also has immense humility for a person of her undoubted talent. Kelly will be a tremendous role model to all of our players and will give each of them a close-up view of exactly what work needs to be done to fulfill one's true potential. We are honored to have her as part of our group."
The native of Odessa, Texas, rounded out a stellar career at Texas last season where she spent one season under the tutelage of McGuire, who served as an assistant coach for Texas during the 2004 season. Schmedes completed her Longhorn career as Texas soccer's all-time leading scorer with 129 career points and established UT single-season marks for goals (16), assists (14), points (46) and game-winning goals (6) during her senior year in 2004.
Schmedes, a three-time candidate for the Herman Trophy and two-time NSCAA All-American, earned first-team All-Big 12 honors four times (2001-2004). During her time as a Longhorn, she was named Big 12 Player of the Year in 2002 and Rookie of the Year following her freshman campaign in 2001.
In addition to her on the field accomplishments, Schmedes was selected first-team Academic All-American in 2004 as well as capturing the 2003 Big 12 Scholar-Athlete Award. All three seasons she was eligible, Schmedes earned a spot on the Academic All-Big 12 First Team.
Schmedes has made two appearances on the U.S. National Team at the 2002 and 2005 Algarve Cup. She scored her first career goal in international play against England in 2002. Prior to joining the U.S. National Team, Schmedes was one of the top youth national team players, helping lead the USA to the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship.
"I was blessed to have Neil as an assistant coach for my senior year at Texas," Schmedes said. "He has an amazing passion for the game and cares deeply about his players. He is extremely knowledgeable and he understands how to communicate that knowledge easily and effectively that enables his players to read and understand the game better. I am very excited to learn more about the game from him and to help him build his program."