Schmitt Signs Professional Soccer Contract
March 23, 2001
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - MEMPHIS, Tenn.-- Carl Schmitt, former midfielder for the University of Memphis soccer team, signed a professional contract to play with the Nashville Metros this week, making him the third former Tiger to commit to play professionally in the last several months.
Schmitt, who played his senior season with Memphis after transferring from the University of South Alabama, was a midfielder for the 1999-2000 squad under first year head coach Richie Grant. He has continued to practice with members of the Tiger squad since he finished his eligibility. In his one season with the Tigers, Schmitt started 16 of Memphis's 18 games at outside midfielder, and tallied one assist on the season.
"There is no one who deserves this honor more than Carl," said Tiger head coach Richie Grant. "He has not missed a workout with our team since his eligibility ran out. He has really worked hard to achieve this, and I know he will be a solid player for the Metros."
Schmitt joins former teammate Nick Glaser, a Tiger midfielder who was drafted by the Metros earlier this year after finishing his eligibility with this season's Tiger squad. Tommy White, a senior forward on last year's Tiger squad, is the other player to be drafted by a professional team, having been selected by the Milwaukee Wave of the NPSL.