Schober returns as assistant athletics head coach

Kent, Ohio- Kent State Athletics alumnus Michael Schober was recently hired as Associate Head Coach, Director of Athletics and Cross Country Nathan Fanger announcement.

Schober, who returns to the Golden Flashes staff after a three-year stint as associate head coach at Central Michigan, will mentor student-athletes competing in men’s sprints, hurdles and long jumps.

“I can’t tell you my level of excitement about Michael Schober join our coaching staff,” Fanger said. “He is part of our Kent State family and has proven time and time again that he is one of the best up-and-coming young coaches. His attention to detail and ability to command the room are invaluable assets to our team at this time as we transition with new staff. I have full confidence that Kent State Track and Field will be fighting for the MAC Championships for many years to come, and Michael will be a big part of that. »

While at Mount Pleasant, Schober focused on coaching athletes competing in sprints, hurdles, middle distance, jumps and combined events.

Schober’s first return to Kent came in October 2013 when he was hired as an assistant coach responsible for coaching the team’s women’s sprints, hurdles, mid-distance, jumps and combined events competitors. He helped the women’s team win indoor and outdoor conference titles in 2014 and was named the Mid-American Outdoor Conference Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year in 2018. Qualified for championships and five All-Americans over six seasons from 2013 to 2019.

His first full-time gig began in August 2012 as an assistant coach at Mount Union, focusing on developing student-athletes competing in aerials, hurdles and combined events. In addition to helping the Purple Raiders win four Ohio Athletic Conference tag team championships, Schober mentored individuals who totaled a national title, seven All-America honors, 10 conference titles and eight program records over the course of of his only season at Alliance. He was named the Great Lakes Region Men’s Division III Assistant Coach of the Year for the indoor season by the United States Athletic and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Schober served as a volunteer assistant at Kent State during the 2011-12 varsity year after completing his eligibility the previous outdoor season. His first coaching experience was helping develop athletes in the jumps and 400 meter sprint at Matt Buffum Track and Field Camp during the summers of 2008-2010. Two athletes he coached won state titles in New York and five received Division I scholarships.

A five-time All-MAC performer during his career as a student-athlete for the Flashes, Schober was a member of the men’s team that won the MAC indoor title in 2009 and served as team captain during his season. senior. His heptathlon personal best of 5,358 points is currently eighth on the program’s all-time performance list.

The Penfield, New York native earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Kent State in August 2012.

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