Inducted into the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2012 as well as the Westfield High School Hall of Fame in 2008 for his accomplishments in both lacrosse and soccer, Schmalz had an illustrious career as a player. In high school, Schmalz was a 3-time 1st Team All-State selection earning All-American honors twice while winning two state championships for Westfield HS in NJ. Schmalz had a standout career at Duke University where he was a 4-year starter and earned First Team All-ACC, All-American and Team Captain honors in both 1991 and 1992. Schmalz finished his college career as the top scoring midfielder in school history and was 15th overall, 11th in goals. Over 51 games, Schmalz had 112 career points on 85 goals and 27 assists. Schmalz represented Duke on the SOUTH team at the 1992 NORTH-SOUTH All-Star Game held annually in Baltimore, MD.
Over the past decade, Schmalz has been very involved in both boys and girls youth lacrosse for town and club teams. While coaching boys and girls lacrosse teams in Needham, Schmalz has also served as President of Needham Boys Lacrosse since 2014.
Schmalz currently resides in Needham, MA with his wife Magda and their four children: Lexi (17), David (15), Toby (13) and Lily (12). Their daughter, Lexi, is committed to play lacrosse at Duke University starting in the fall of 2019 and will be an active volunteer with the Blue Devil Lacrosse Academy. The family also has a dog named Duke.