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After setting a NCAA Division II record in assist-to-turnover ratio for the University of the Sciences' women's basketball team, Kaitlyn Schmid Psy'15 just landed a job as a graduate assistant coach at Southern Mississippi.
"This is what I want to do with my life—I want to be a coach," she told Asbury Park Press reporter Jerry Carino. "I thought this would be the best way to get started."
Schmid will work on the program's video library, scouting reports and travel logistics, among other duties. If Southern Mississippi's guards needs tips on handling the ball, they would be hard-pressed to find a better resource.
As a senior this past winter, Schmid handed out 135 assists while committing just 32 turnovers, a whopping ratio of 4.25. (for context, 2.0 is considered excellent). That was the highest in all three NCAA divisions and broke the Division II mark of 4.09.
"I've always been a solid ball-handler, but going into my last season I really wanted to take care of the ball," she explained. "As a point guard you have to take care of the ball so your team can be successful. That's what I did. I was also blessed with outsider shooters to feed the ball to."
She averaged 4.6 points and 4.8 assists to help the Devils finish 20-8. Schmid, whose father Rick is the athletic director at Keyport High School, credited the Neptune-based Hoop Group with sharpening her handle through a variety of drills.
"Before each game I would say to myself, 'Take care of the ball.' I would repeat it over and over,'" she said. "One turnover for me was like five turnovers for someone else. If I ever had a game of three or more, I felt like it was the worst game of my life."