|Alma Mater:||Wisconsin '13|
Entering her third season as assistant coach for the Duke rowing team, Kendall Schmidt has helped the Blue Devils achieve record breaking heights. Schmidt previously coached at Mercer Rowing Club while training as a coxswain with the U.S. Women’s National Team in Princeton, NJ.
Throughout the 2019 season Schmidt coached the V4 boat, which ultimately won gold at the ACC Championship, the first gold medal in school history at the ACC Championship. Schmidt’s guidance with the V4 led the crew to a B Final at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., the Blue Devils’ first B Final at NCAAs in program history.
Throughout 2019, the V4 crew enjoyed much success, starting at the Carolina Cup, where Duke swept the competition in every race and won its third-straight trophy. At the Cooper Sprints, the Blue Devils placed second in a field of 15 schools, outracing UNC, Navy, Clemson and SMU.
At the Big Ten/ACC Dual in Charlottesville, Va., Duke defeated No. 7 Ohio State and No. 17 Syracuse with a time of 7:25.2. The V4 boat placed second behind Michigan in the afternoon race, and earned ACC Crew of the Week on April 11 for its Big Ten/ACC Dual performance.
Duke took home the Pocock trophy at the Lake Wheeler Invitational, earning a victory in the V4 race over UCF and UNC.
In her first season with the Blue Devils, in 2017-18, Duke placed third at the ACC Championship with 72 total points. The V4 boat notched the best finish for Duke, placing second with a time of 7:12.866. Schmidt helped guide Duke to its second consecutive Carolina Cup as the Blue Devils swept all races.
Prior to, and while, coaching in NJ, Schmidt was heavily involved in USRowing, serving as a coxswain at the Princeton Training Center from 2014-17. Schmidt trained full time as a coxswain with the U.S. Senior National Rowing Team and presented a handful of USRowing coxswain clinics across the country. She traveled with the U.S. team to the 2015 World Championships and 2016 Olympics in Rio as a team manager.
Schmidt was selected twice to the U.S. Women’s U23 National Team, in 2012 and 2013, where she helped the women’s 8+ win back to back gold medals at the U23 World Championships. She then guided the U.S. Women’s National Team to victory at the Royal Henley Regatta in 2016, earning the Remenham Cup in the women’s 8+ event. In 2014, she led the New York Athletic Club’s women’s 8+ to gold at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta.
Schmidt coxed for current head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno while at the University of Wisconsin, where Schmidt served as the V8 coxswain her final three years. Her three trips with the V8 to the Big Ten Rowing Championships resulted in two bronze and one silver medal. During her freshman campaign, she contributed to Wisconsin’s first Big Ten title by steering the freshmen eight to gold. Schmidt was presented the Big Ten Female Medal of Honor as a senior, for her success as an athlete and student, along with three-time Academic All-Big Ten Team selection, a three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and a First Team All-Big Ten pick as a senior.
A native of Greenfield, Wis., Schmidt graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a civil engineering degree in 2013.