Schumacher wins Nationwide Coach of the Yr award | Wrestling

Few faculties have dominated a sport in North Dakota as totally as Bismarck Excessive has dominated boys wrestling within the years because it grew to become a sanctioned highschool sport.

For the second time in Bismarck Excessive historical past, a wrestling coach was acknowledged for that excellence, because it was introduced Wednesday that Bismarck Excessive co-head coach Jeff Schumacher was named the Nationwide Excessive College Athletic Coaches Affiliation Wrestling Coach of the Yr.

“I am fortunate as a result of I am round a whole lot of actually good employees,” Schumacher stated. “I am simply a part of the management system.”

It’s the second 12 months in a row a Bismarck Excessive coach has received a Coach of the Yr award from the NHSACA, with 2021 seeing ladies cross nation coach Scott Reichenberger becoming a member of the ranks of nationally acknowledged coaches.

“It is an honor to be teaching at Bismarck Excessive, an honor to educate for Bismarck Public Colleges, and an honor to educate the athletes and coach with the coaches I work with,” Schumacher stated. “The wrestling program at Bismarck Excessive has completed a lot for me and I actually benefit from the exercise of it and what it does for younger women and men.”

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Schumacher and Reichenberger are two of the Bismarck Excessive-affiliated coaches and athletic administrators who’ve been acknowledged over time, with the others being David Zittleman (Boys cross nation, 2013), Darrell Anderson (Boys observe and area, 2012), Melvin Fischer (Boys soccer, 2009), and Richard Karlgaard (Athletic Director, 1991).

Additionally becoming a member of the group, and the primary Bismarck wrestling coach to be acknowledged by the NHSACA conference, was Scott Knowlen, who received the Wrestling Coach of the Yr award in 2004.

“I need to present appreciation as a result of I’ve had a co-head coach in Scott Knowlen, then run this system on my own for 3 years, and now I’ve coached with Mark Lardy for 5 – 6 years,” Schumacher stated. “Being a co-head coach is superior. It spreads round a few of the success.”

Schumacher’s competitors for this 12 months’s award got here from across the nation.

Becoming a member of him on the finalist record was Luis Alvarado (Silver Excessive College, NM), Sam Federico (Pomona Excessive College, Colo.), Jeff Hill (Petersburg PortA, Ailing.), Alan Pokorny (Bennington Excessive College, Neb.), Tim Roberts (Dundee Excessive College, Mich.), Jeff Voss (West Delaware Excessive College, Iowa), and Charlie Williams (Moorcroft Excessive College, Wyo.).

“I knew a few of the (different) man’s packages, however in addition to (Pokorny from Nebraska), I did not know them (individually),” Schumacher stated.

Whereas the award ceremony is the glamorous a part of the NHSACA yearly assembly, it isn’t all that occurs there.

Schumacher talked by way of the opposite issues he was busy with in Iowa.

“I did a presentation on the success of Bismarck Excessive College wrestling on sure issues like finances, fundraising, retention of athletes, and recruiting of recent athletes,” he stated. “It was enjoyable to try this, I positively loved it. Among the others additionally did displays, and we additionally sat down for a roundtable.”

With the long-running success of Bismarck Excessive wrestling, heading to Iowa for the NHSACA conference this 12 months was nothing new for Schumacher, who had beforehand been up for the award in 2018, 2015, 2012 and 2009.

“It was my fifth time down there, my fifth time being up for nationwide coach of the 12 months,” Schumacher stated. “I believed I had an opportunity, like everybody else, wanting up what their packages had completed and their champions and runners-up. When it was coming all the way down to it, I used to be fairly relaxed, simply pondering to myself it is enjoyable being down right here.

“I actually thought (Voss) or (Roberts), who’re two superior guys, may win it, so I used to be as shocked as anyone else (when my identify was referred to as).”

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