If UW-La Crosse wants to keep it "in the family," sort of speak, when it comes to hiring a new football coach, then Mike Schmidt would be the man.
Schmidt is a former UW-L player and team captain.
Schmidt made his pitch to lead the program on Wednesday during an on-campus interview.
He spent last season as the defensive coordinator at UW-Platteville. Before that he spent 4 seasons as a defensive assistant at Dubuque.
Schmidt was a hard-nosed fullback at UW-L, graduating in 2008. So he's familiar with the inner workings of the program.
"I think what separates me is I am La Crosse. I am UW- La Crosse, that's who I am. I am an Eagle, that's who I've always been, and always will be. Once an Eagle always an Eagle. I think that's what really separates me. I want this thing to get back the La Crosse way. I don't want to be Whitewater, Oshkosh, or another Division one program, that's not who I want to be. I want us to be us. I want us to have our identity, with who we are and where we've been and where we are going to be at is to do it the La Crosse way," Schmidt said.
Schmidt was named the 2013 American Football Coaches Associate Div. III Assistant Coach of the Year when he was at Dubuque.