Blinn names men's basketball coach its new athletic director
June 26, 2012
The Blinn College board of trustees appointed head men’s basketball coach Scott Schumacher as the new athletic director during its regular meeting Tuesday night.
Schumacher, who was hired as the Buccaneers’ basketball coach in May, will hold both responsibilities, as he did at North Dakota State College of Science from 2009 until last month.
Schumacher takes over one of the most storied junior college athletic departments in the nation, with 118 years of tradition and 26 NJCAA national championships since 1987, including a Division I volleyball title last Fall. In 1995 and 1996, Blinn made history by becoming the first college to win consecutive football championships.
“I am both humbled and honored by the opportunity to lead the athletic department here at Blinn College,” said Schumacher. “I would like to thank (Blinn College President) Dr. Harold Nolte and the board of trustees for their trust and support. I look forward to working with our coaches, administration, faculty and staff as we continue the tradition of excellence established here at Blinn College.”
As the athletic director at North Dakota State College of Science, Schumacher supervised a 16-member staff and a 100,000-square foot fitness center; oversaw an athletic department that included football, volleyball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and softball; supervised all fundraising activities and was in charge of all game management. Additionally, Schumacher was in charge of the installation of a new gymnasium floor and four-sided scoreboard and oversaw the completion of a new softball complex.
Although Schumacher has been at Blinn for less than two months, he has plenty of ties to Blinn College and the community. Former Blinn College Athletic Director Don Wilhelm, a former athletic director at Paris Junior College, hired Schumacher to be the head basketball coach at Paris in 1990, and Nolte worked alongside Schumacher at Kilgore College when Nolte was a vice president and Schumacher the head basketball coach there.
Nolte previously held a split athletic director’s position of his own when he was a vice president and athletic director at Kilgore College.
“Scott Schumacher did a very good job at his last job as a basketball coach and A.D. and I think he will do a fabulous job here,” Nolte said. “He is very dedicated and he has always wanted to be at Blinn College. I know his work ethic and I know he will help us in many ways.”
Schumacher replaces Richard Speas, who moved closer to family by accepting a similar position at Cowley College in Arkansas City, Kan. Speas had been Blinn’s athletic director since March 2011.
The structure of Blinn’s athletic department will provide Schumacher with plenty of support as he tackles both roles. Softball coach Rick Church has been the kinesiology division chair since 2006, Tex Davis is in charge of game day operations and Dan Artamenko was recently hired as the College’s new academic advisor, freeing up Schumacher to focus on fundraising and staff management.
As a basketball coach, Schumacher comes to Blinn with 25 years of coaching experience, including 22 as a head coach in the junior college ranks. He boasts a 426-249 record and has coached 12 NJCAA All-Americans. More than 60 of his players have signed Division I scholarships, and three have gone on to play in the NBA. From 2005-09, Schumacher served on the USA Basketball Collegiate Selection Committee along with coaching legends such as Kansas head coach Bill Self, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim and Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo.