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Certainly all Sounders FC fans know this, but Sigi Schmid has accomplished some amazing things in his coaching career — racking up wins, championships and other such spoils. Such success has earned him the Walt Chyzowych Memorial Fund Lifetime Achievement Award for 2011, as announced this week.
“Sigi Schmid is now the active coach with the most MLS wins at 139,” said Ralph Lundy, executive director of the WCMF, in a statement. “He has coached in 316 MLS matches and his Seattle Sounders are the first team in 27 years to win back-to-back US Open Cups. He is recognized as a coach who thoroughly prepares his team while also focusing on player development. He is a perfect choice to be recognized for his contributions to the American game in the spirit of one of his mentors, Walt Chyzowych.”
According to the link, the Walt Chyzowych Memorial Fund award ceremony is on Saturday, Jan. 15, in Baltimore and is open to the public. Schmid also offered his thoughts on the award:
“From the early days of the US Soccer West Coast Coaching Schools, where I first met and worked with Walt Chyzowych, I was inspired by his leadership, love for the game and confidence in American coaches,” Schmid said. “I have endeavored to be a positive role model like Walter. Just as he gave freely of himself to this great sport, I have strived to do the same. My hope is that the players and staff with whom I served will join me in sharing our knowledge, the stories, and the subtle nuances that help us all see the beauty of this game and what it can become in America. I am most pleased, humbled and honored by this award.”