Kurt Schmidt joined the Memphis strength and conditioning staff in 2012, after spending the previous four seasons at Arkansas.
A member of the Razorbacks staff from 2008-12, Schmidt served as strength and conditioning coordinator and coordinator of nutrition education. With the Razorbacks, he coordinated a nutrition education program for the athletics department and developed programs for newcomers and injured student-athletes. Schmidt also produced a monthly nutrition newsletter and developed a vision training program.
Prior to Arkansas, Schmidt worked at Utah State as an assistant and interim head of strength and conditioning from 2006-08. At Utah State, he worked with a number of programs, including football, men's and women's basketball, soccer and track and field. Schmidt also supervised a team of graduate assistants that covered gymnastics, softball and track and field.
Schmidt holds a master's degree in education from the University of Louisville, where he served as a graduate assistant from 2004-05. He was hired full-time at Louisville as an assistant football strength and conditioning coach from 2005-06.
Prior to his graduate assistant position at Louisville, he served as a graduate assistant at Utah from 2003-04, working with softball and alpine skiing. He also assisted with the Utes football, men's basketball, baseball and gymnastics programs.
A native of Elma, Iowa, Schmidt earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, where he played linebacker for the Eagles. Schmidt, a 2001 Verizon Academic All-District first team honoree, was a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) honorable mention pick that same season. He served a summer internship at Iowa with the Hawkeyes football program, and then completed a second internship at Winona State University in 2002.
Following his graduation from Wisconsin-Lacrosse with an exercise and sport science degree with an emphasis in fitness management, Schmidt worked at Yale, serving first as assistant director of sports conditioning and then as interim co-director of sports conditioning until April of 2003.
Schmidt, who is married to the former Trish Kalbas, is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has his USAS Level 1 Sport Performance Certification.