|Position:||Associate Head Coach|
Rich Schreiner begins his 13th season with the Seattle University women's soccer team in 2018. From 2008-11, he served as an assistant coach, and in July 2012, he was promoted to Associate Head Coach.
In 2018, Schreiner, under Coach Julie Woodward, was key in SU's run to its fourth WAC Tournament title since 2013. The Redhawks overcame numerous injuries to beat Kansas City, 1-0, in the WAC Championship game, clinching their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last six seasons.
Off the field, Schreiner served as Sport Commissioner at the Special Olympics USA Games in July 2018. In Spring 2019, he coached Team USA to a bronze medal at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. Schreiner has been a key advocate of Special Olympics and unified sports throughout his career at Seattle U. For his efforts, he won the 2018-19 Mission Award, Individual, at the Seattle U Athletics Awards Show.
Schreiner helped with another record-setting campaign in 2017, taking the Redhawks to their fifth straight WAC Championship game-a conference record. With nine wins, Seattle U posted its eighth consecutive season with a winning record. Dealing with numerous injuries throughout the season, SU compiled a six-game unbeaten streak to close the season. The Redhawks put together a 569:01 scoreless streak, featuring all three of the team's goalkeepers, as they made a run to the WAC final. SU beat New Mexico State, 3-0, in the first round and then knocked off top-seeded Kansas City, 1-0, in the semifinal. The Redhawks held a 1-0 edge for the majority of the title match, but Utah Valley scored in the final minutes of regulation and then advanced in penalty kicks.
Schreiner has been integral to SU's WAC dynasty. SU has established itself as one of the most successful programs in the country. From 2013-2017, the Redhawks were one of four Division I schools to win at least seven of their last eight possible conference titles. They claimed each of the last four WAC regular season titles and three of the last four WAC Tournament crowns. Seattle U is also one of just nine non-Power 5 conference schools to qualify for three of four NCAA Tournaments and one of 21 Division I programs to advance to the NCAAs three times since 2013.
In 2011, his final year before promotion to associate head coach, Schreiner helped the Redhawks earn one of the biggest victories in program history, defeating then-No. 8 Portland. In 2013 and 2014, he was a key part of Seattle U’s undefeated conference season (2013) and first NCAA Division I Tournament appearance in program history (2013) as well as first DI tournament win (2014). He was a major contributor in the team’s transition to Division I and has been key in their success since the transition.
Prior to joining the SU women's soccer program, Schreiner spent two years as the assistant coach at Saint Bonaventure University.
At Saint Bonaventure, Schreiner was the women's soccer program's recruiting coordinator and assistant summer camp director. He directly involved in all aspects of practice, and assisted with fitness training and video breakdown and exchange. In 2007, he helped land the 14th-ranked recruiting class in the Northeast Region in a poll conducted by Soccer Buzz Magazine.
Before going to Saint Bonaventure, Schreiner spent two years as an assistant coach at Gustavus Adolphus College, assisting with on-the-field training, organization of practice and game plans, strength training, recruiting and travel planning. He started his coaching career as an assistant at Carroll College in 2003.
Schreiner has also been an instructor at various soccer camps throughout the country, including the Region I Olympic Development Program camp in Providence, R.I., and the Texas A&M women's soccer camp in College Station, Tex. Originally from Indianapolis, Ind., he earned his bachelor's degree in psychology in 2003 from DePauw University, where he was a four-year letterwinner on the men's soccer team.