My name is Jason Schmidt (Coach J) and I am extremely excited about the opportunity to coach and teach at Vandegrift High School. I am originally from Texas however I have been coaching and teaching overseas since 2007, and this past year I was at Bellaire High School in HISD. I have been coaching for many years and it is a career that I am very passionate about and I am eager to pass on my enthusiasm and drive with you all at Vandegrift.
My swimming career began in Houston, Texas where I took lessons in a backyard residential type swimming pool. I quickly took an interest in the sport of swimming and decided to participate in the local summer league program. I progressed well and quickly fell into the year-round swimming program and swam with Cy Fair Fleet. Thanks to many age group coaches, of mine, I continued to grow with the sport. I swam Varsity all four years at Jersey Village High School, was a Junior Captain and then my Senior year Captain. In college, I ended up swimming for two seasons at Metro State College of Denver, a Division II school, and then I transitioned into the sport of Triathlon. Over the years I have competed in many Sprint and Olympic Triathlon races as well as many Half Ironman and ultimately completing Ironman in 2007.
I earned my Masters of Education degree with an emphasis in Sports Administration and Coaching, and my BA degree is in Kinesiology - exercise and fitness. I am an ASCA Level 3 and 4, and a registered USA Swimming certified coach.
My coaching career has been very exciting as I have coached Learn to Swim, PE Curriculum Swimming, as well as Competitive Elite Squads and Triathletes. These included neighborhood HOA’s, International Governments, British Curriculum and International American schools, as well as owning and running my own business overseas. I am an extremely fun and positive person, who is goal oriented and very active. My interests include swimming, cycling, running, as well as surfing and golf when I get a free chance. I am very excited to be a part of the Leander ISD family again and working with you. The 2021-2022 Vandegrift Swim and Dive season is going to be awesome!
10 years ago, I was a couple of years into an early retirement and was slowly but surely coming to the conclusion the easy life wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. So, I decided to become a Teacher and a Coach. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Helping students to achieve their goals, both academically and in athletics has been really rewarding. The past five years I have worked at Rouse, and this year I am excited to embark on a new adventure at Vandegrift. As a Coach, I believe in providing a positive and supportive environment to help athletes improve and enjoy their sport. I am looking forward to several successful years at Vandegrift.