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Fred Schmalz

 “You don’t grasp his Legendary status until you walk with Fred through the United Soccer Coaches Convention. You better not be in a rush, because you won’t make it 3 feet at any given time without someone stopping to exchange soccer stories or coaching philosophy with the “Boss”.  I can sit and listen to his soccer and life experiences for hours if not days! Coach Fred thank you for being such an influence in my life.  You are not just an Evansville Legend but a true Legend across the country. “ -Steve McCullough 


Fred Schmalz- Don’t need to say anything else when talking soccer…. LEGEND!  The “Boss” has influenced the entire Tristate soccer community, from his first day as head coach at the University of Evansville in 1979.   In the mid-’80s his precious Purple Aces gained their first-ever #1 ranking in the country while guiding two other teams to that same status.    He has spent 40 years involved in the Olympic Development Program, 12 years as Region 2 Director of Coaching (DOC), and 10 years as Indiana’s DOC.  Fred has coached 20 All Americans and mentored countless coaches,  many of who moved on to play in the MLS, MLS, USL, and the EPL. 

 I’ve known Fred my entire soccer life. I  played for him at the youth level, played against him in college, officiated his Aces (now that is a treat only a ref can appreciate!), and served as an assistant coach for him at UE.  To this day he is still sharp as a tack, remembering every team and player he has coached over the years. It is no coincidence that I am and always will be a lifelong Fred Smalz supporter 


Coaching experience 

-Western Illinois Grad Assistant 1968-69

-University Wyoming 1969-72

-Davis & Elkins 1972-79

-University of Evansville 1979-2003

-US Soccer National Staff Coach

-Olympic Festival Team 1987-1992

-Olympic Development Program DOC Region 2 1981-current


Playing Experience

-Quincy University 1964-66 (First ever soccer team in Quincy history)

National Champs 1966 NAIA


Coaching Qualification 

US Soccer “A” License

US National Youth License

US Soccer National Instructional Staff License

Hall of Fame Status 

University of Evansville

Indiana youth Soccer 

St Louis 


Davis & Elkins



Lifetime Record - 403-195-55

Coached 20 All Americans

6 Conference Championships

11 NCAA D1 tourney appearances (3rd place finish 1985/90)

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