Information courtesy of MLC Athletics
NEW ULM – Martin Luther College announced on Wednesday that the duo of Timothy Grundmeier and Nicolas Schmoller will resume the men’s soccer program next season.
The two will serve as associate coaches, with Grundmeier taking care of many administrative tasks and Schmoller working as the program’s senior recruiter.
Grundmeier and Schmoller take over the program from Paul Koelpin, who stepped down after 27 years as the only men’s football coach in MLC history.
“Replacing Paul Koelpin was no small task, and we believe the combination of Tim and Nick is a perfect fit for the future”, MLC athletic director Jim Unke said. “These two have played and worked together for many years, and we feel very comfortable with them leading our men’s soccer program into the future.”
Grundmeier and Schmoller were both All-UMAC captains and artists under Koelpin during their college careers. Schmoller (2002-05) was named All-UMAC in 2003 and 2005, while Grundmeier (2003-06) was named All-UMAC in 2006. Both players played on the Knights’ last conference championship team in 2003, and Schmoller also played on the 2002 UMAC Championship team.
Grundmeier has been Koelpin’s assistant for the past five seasons, helping the Knights compete in three UMAC tournaments. Prior to that, Grundmeier coached men’s football at St. Croix Lutheran Academy (2007-08) and was head coach at Sibley Sting Soccer Club for three separate age groups (U14, U17 and U18).
Schmoller has been involved in youth football for the past 15 seasons, working in summer camps and coaching youth teams. He also serves as the MLC liaison and sits on the board of directors of the New Ulm United Soccer Club youth football program. Prior to his current position as Professor of Theology and Foreign Languages, Schmoller worked in the MLC admissions office as a recruiter from 2010 to 2012.
Both men are excited about their new roles in running the men’s soccer program.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to coach college football” Schmoller said. âMy family and I love going to games because we feel a special connection with the players and the team, having been part of the program in the past. I love getting to know the players in a different place, outside of the classroom, and helping them become the best players and teams they can be on the pitch.
“The best part of MLC Men’s Soccer is the camaraderie our players share” Grundmeier added. âThey push each other in training, they pick themselves up in games and they just like being together. It’s been great to be a part of that as an assistant coach for the past five years, and I’m thrilled with this new role.
The coaches also believe working together will be familiar, as the two players shared the pitch in both high school and college.
“I am convinced that working with Tim will be a natural relationship”, Schmoller said. âTim and I were teammates on the soccer field in high school and college, and our families are great friends today. I’m grateful to coach with him as he has a few years of coaching experience at the college level, and we will both bring our own perspectives and strengths to training the team.
While the idea of ââreplacing a mentor and a former coach who held the job for 27 seasons can be daunting, Grundmeier believes his experience working with Koelpin (as well as a strong group of returning players) will help move on. the front.
âI had the opportunity to spend nine years on the pitch with Paul – four as a player; five as an assistant coach. I learned a lot. Nick and I are excited to build on the tradition of MLC soccer. We have a talented team of players coming back next year. I think we are going to be very competitive.