Theodore A. "Ted" Schmitt, Crimson tackle coach, is leaving Harvard to become assistant football coach at UMass next year.
A member of the Crimson coaching staff since 1950, Schmitt will leave in two weeks to begin preparations for next fall with Vic Fusia, newly appointed head coach of the Redmen. The last holdover from the staff of Lloyd Jordan, Schmitt has said that accepted the job at Mass for reasons of "financial advancement."
"I have had 11 wonderful years here," Schmitt said yesterday, "and I am going to miss Harvard." He stated that the most memorable experiences of his career at the University are the various acquaintances with the players: "I can't say enough for the boys I have had the pleasure of meeting and coaching," he said. "I will always have a soft spot in my heart for them."
Schmitt has been a highly respected coach whose shrewdness and football acumen have contributed greatly to Harvard football. Two years ago he was offered a coaching job with the Washington Redskins.
Second Exit in Two Years
The departure of Schmitt is head coach John Yovicsin's second staff loss in two years. Last year end coach Alex Bell left Harvard to become head football mentor at Villanova. (Although Bell was faced with an almost hopeless situation at Villanova, and understandably ended up with a 2-7 record last fall, he coached the Wildcats to a victory over Rutgers--the Scarlet Knight's only loss.)
As yet, no successor to Schmitt has been named.