position Director of Operations
Alma Mater Ohio State '97
Stephani Schmidt returned to the Ohio State staff as director of operations in June 2019 after playing on the team for the first two seasons in school history and serving as defensive coordinator from 1997-2001.
Most recently, Schmidt served as the head coach of the Otterbein Cardinals for eight seasons. Schmidt first joined the Otterbein staff in 2010 before establishing the women’s lacrosse program in the spring of 2012. The Cardinals quickly improved under Schmidt, moving from five wins in 2012 to eight wins in 2013, followed by a 12-5 campaign in 2014. She was voted by her peers as the inaugural Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Coach of the Year in 2014.
A 1997 graduate of Ohio State, Schmidt earned her bachelor’s degree in education. While an undergraduate, she was a two-year varsity member of the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team, including the team’s inaugural 1996 season. She served as captain her senior season. She also played on three United States Women’s Lacrosse Association Great Lakes I national tournament teams, as well as two seasons of club lacrosse at Ohio State.
Prior to Otterbein, Schmidt was at Denison University, where she served as head women’s lacrosse coach and associate professor from 2001-10. She guided the Big Red to the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) championships and into the NCAA Division III tournament in 2001 and 2006. In 2006, she was named West Region Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association and was also named coach of the year in the NCAC. Her teams finished first in the NCAC in six of 10 seasons, compiling a 49-16 record in conference play over her career at Denison.
A native of Hopatcong, N. J., Schmidt and her husband, Rory, reside in Westerville with their daughter, Finley.