Former Parker punter reflects on Ivy League career, prepares for future in tech investing

Alumnus Zachary Schmid ‘14 is coming off a successful football season punting for Harvard University, marking the end of his three-year career playing for the Ivy League team.

Zach’s success was featured in the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Alumni Report last month, along with his younger brother Drew (a La Jolla Country Day graduate), who plays for Columbia University. The two brothers were vying for a share of the Ivy League title, but their teams fell short in the final games.

Zach was a star punter at Parker and in his three seasons at Harvard, he punted 159 times, according to the Union-Tribune. He told the newspaper that when he came to Harvard, he wanted to show off his work and that he had mastered his craft. “Punting is a craft,” he said, “Punters have to be comfortable under pressure.”

Staying cool under pressure will certainly help him as he takes on new responsibilities following his college graduation. Zach will graduate this May with a degree in economics and has reportedly accepted a job at a private equity firm in Palo Alto, investing in tech companies.

His time spent as student-athlete at Parker and Harvard have helped him prepare for his soon-to-be career.

“Employers value people from team-based environments,” Zach told the Union-Tribune. “Athletes work well with others, have a desire to succeed, and can work under adverse circumstances.”

As he gets ready to take on life’s next chapter, he reflected on his time spent playing football.

“My football career, my competitive athletic career are over, and it’s emotional,” said Zach. “My time here has gone so fast, but in a way I feel like I’ve been here 10 years.”
Francis Parker School is a private, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 from across San Diego County. Founded in 1912, the Lower School is located on the Mission Hills Campus with the Upper and Middle Schools on the Linda Vista Campus. Parker's mission is to inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.

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