Middleton’s longtime baseball coach, Tom Schmitt, has resigned, Middleton athletic director Bob Joers confirmed Friday.
Schmitt guided the Cardinals to seven state tournament appearances, including the WIAA Division 1 state title in 2003.
Schmitt wants to spend more time watching his children play athletics, Joers said and Schmitt later confirmed.
Brennan Schmitt plays for the UW-La Crosse baseball team and was a sophomore infielder this past season and Brady Schmitt, who just completed his senior season for Middleton’s baseball team, plans to also attend UW-La Crosse and bid to make the team.
Tom Schmitt said "it has been a great ride as a Middleton baseball coach for 27 seasons (16 as head coach). Many good times and friendships have come from that."
Schmitt said he will continue to coach the Middleton girls junior varsity golf team in the fall.
Middleton and Sun Prairie finished as co-champions in the Big Eight Conference in baseball this season with 15-3 league marks.
Schmitt was named Big Eight coach of the year.
Brady Schmitt was named as a first-team all-conference pitcher.
Middleton finished 20-8 overall, falling to DeForest 7-5 in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal in Middleton. DeForest opened a 7-0 lead after the top of the fourth inning before Middleton scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth.
“We tried to dig out — keep scratching and getting back in it, and we did,” Tom Schmitt said after that game. “But we couldn’t knock down that final block. They showed good character to battle back. DeForest made the plays when they needed to.”
Schmitt’s 2003 Middleton team won the Division 1 state championship, defeating Holmen 11-4 in the final. Middleton made seven state tournament appearances under Schmitt in his 16 seasons – 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2016 – according to WIAA records. Middleton has made 13 state appearances overall.
Schmitt compiled a 287-124 record, according to the Middleton Times-Tribune.
The Middleton baseball coaching opening has been posted, said Joers, who doesn’t have an immediate timetable for making a hire.
Schmitt and Sun Prairie coach Rob Hamilton started the annual Cardinals Strike-Out Cancer game. This season was the fifth year of the event, which has raised money for American Family Children’s Hospital pediatric cancer research, raising usually more than $10,000 each year.
Schmitt was a Columbus High School graduate.