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May 24, 2014 02:29 AM EDT

Dan Schumacher Named New AD of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire


The Chicago State University athletic director, Dan Schumacher, is set to take up at the same role at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, effective June 2015.

"Dan Schumacher comes to UW-Eau Claire with a proven background in successfully building and improving inter-collegiate athletic programs, while maintaining a strong academic focus for student-athletes," UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt said in a statement.

Schumacher has the experience and the ability to foster community spirit around Blugold athletics, to lead the coaching staff and to continue the winning momentum - both, in the classroom and on the field.

Schumacher opted for the job at UW-Eau Claire because of the Chancellor's vision, the Vice Chancellor's passion for students and the coaches' intensity for wanting to accomplish great heights. Schumacher's responsibilities at UW-Eau Claire will be to maintain "student-welfare and experience, high academic standards and a championship culture."

Under his tenure as AD for two seasons (from 2012 to 2014) at the NCAA Division I athletics program, cougars men's basketball team won the Great West Conference Tournament Championship in March 2013, the team's first championship as an NCAA Division I program and the squad's first post-season tournament appearance.

Schumacher's leadership also resulted in the Chicago State's admittance into the Western Athletic Conference for the academic year 2013-14 and the construction of the $2.5 million Baseball Stadium - which is the team's first on-campus stadium in school history.

Prior to Chicago State, Schumacher served as the director of the NCAA Division I and II athletics program at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois, for six years. 

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