Michael Schmid

Rugby - Inducted in 2009

Mike is currently living and coaching in England after residing in Abbotsford for 25 years. In high school at Yale Secondary and Abbotsford Senior, Mike excelled in a number of sports including his eventual choice, Rugby. Mike went on to University of British Columbia where he became Captain of the Thunderbirds Men’s Rugby Team (1991- 1994). A longtime member of the Abbotsford Rugby Club, Mike also earned many top finishes playing representative rugby. Mike’s breakthrough year was 1988 when he captained the BC provincial team to a Canadian Championship - the first Abbotsford player to make a youth provincial team. In the years that followed, Mike represented Canada on the Under 21 Rugby Team, the Canada 7’s Team and the Canada Men’s Rugby Team, playing in 24 International Competitions. Mike’s professional career started in Education, teaching at Robert Batemen Secondary for two years, but his performance on the rugby field attracted the attention of the Rotherham Rugby Club in England. There, Mike played over 100 games between 1997 and 2005, with highlights ranging from four National One league titles to a run of 27 unbeaten matches. In 2002, Mike began his coaching career, filling the role of Assistant Coach with Rugby Canada’s men’s team, until he was recruited in 2005 by Esher Rugby Club in London, England, where he currently coaches and holds the position of Director of Rugby. Mike had the rare ability to transition from player to coach very effectively, bringing early success to those under his tutelage. (2012)