Introducing new UW-Eau Claire Director of Athletics, Daniel Schumacher

May 26th, 2014 | by CollegeAD
Introducing new UW-Eau Claire Director of Athletics, Daniel Schumacher
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Daniel Schumacher has been named director of intercollegiate athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire following a national search.

For the past two years, Schumacher has served as director of the NCAA Division I athletics program at Chicago State University. Current UW-Eau Claire director Scott Kilgallon is leaving for a new post at Webster University in Webster Groves, Missouri.

“What stood out the most are the Chancellor’s vision, the Vice Chancellor’s passion for students and the coaches’ intensity for wanting to achieve more,” Schumacher said. “When I left Eau Claire a couple weeks back after the interview, I called my wife from the road and said that these coaches and staff are so dedicated and passionate, it’s what college sports are all about. I’m looking forward to being a part of that.”

Under Schumacher’s leadership from 2012-14, the Chicago State University men’s basketball team won the Great West Conference Tournament Championship in March 2013, their first championship as an NCAA Division I program and the squad’s first postseason tournament appearance. Schumacher also was instrumental in Chicago State’s admittance into the Western Athletic Conference for the 2013-14 campaign, giving the university a home in an athletic conference with an automatic bid to NCAA Championships for the first time since 2005-06. Read the full press release here.

Schumacher will assume UW-Eau Claire athletics director responsibilities June 15. College AD was the first to break the story on Schumacher accepting the athletic director position at UW-Eau Claire. See the timeline for his hire.

UW-Eau Claire Athletic Director Search Timeline

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  • February 18th, 2014—University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Director of Athletics Scott Kilgallon announced today he will retire from the university as of June 30 after 10 years in the Blugold athletics leadership post.
  • February 18th, 2014—Athletic Director Jobs open
    • May 6th, 2014—Four finalists have been interviewed for the AD position. These finalists are Bemidji State AD Rick Goeb, UW-Milwaukee associate AD Charles Gross, Chicago State AD Dan Schumacher, and UW-Eau Claire assistant AD and assistant softball coach Robin Baker. Whoever is selected will replace outgoing AD Scott Kilgallon, who will leave UW-Eau Claire on June 30 for Webster University in St. Louis. – Joe Ziemer
    • May 21st, 2014—Sources tell College AD that UW– Eau Claire has selected a candidate for its next director of athletics. We’re working on the candidate name. Earlier this month, the search was narrowed down to four finalists: Bemidji State AD Rick Goeb, UW-Milwaukee associate AD Charles Gross, Chicago State AD Dan Schumacher, and UW-Eau Claire assistant AD and assistant softball coach Robin Baker. Whoever is selected will replace outgoing AD Scott Kilgallon, who will leave UW-Eau Claire on June 30 for Webster University.
    • May 22nd, 2014— Sources tell College AD that Dan Schumacher will be hired as the new athletic director. Schumacher was hired in May 2012 as Chicago State University’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. His most significant accomplishment is Chicago State’s invitation to the Western Athletic Conference for the 2013-14 campaign. Consider this the first official announcement.

     

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