Tuesday , Apr , 10 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Schmidt named Bonnies hoops coach

Olean, NY (Sports Network) – St. Bonaventure has named Mark Schmidt its new
men’s basketball coach.

Terms of the deal for the former Robert Morris mentor were not disclosed, but
the Buffalo News reported Monday that it was a seven-year deal worth in excess
of $2 million.

“We are thrilled to have Mark Schmidt as our new men’s basketball coach,” said
St. Bonaventure athletic director Steve Watson. “He is a proven, successful
head coach who impressed us with his attitude, desire and passion. His teams
at Robert Morris were known for how hard they played as well as how they
improved. Mark also has a firm understanding of what it takes to compete and
win in the Atlantic 10 Conference. We welcome Mark and his family into the St.
Bonaventure family.”

Schmidt compiled an 82-90 record in six years at Robert Morris, but finished
17-11 last season.

Prior to taking over the Robert Morris program, Schmidt served seven seasons
at Xavier as an assistant coach under Skip Prosser.

Schmidt will replace Anthony Solomon at St. Bonaventure. Solomon’s Bonnies
finished last season with an overall record of 7-22 and a 4-12 mark in the
Atlantic 10.

Solomon, who was hired in May 2003, compiled a 24-88 record during his tenure
at St. Bonaventure.