Blinn College athletic director and men’s basketball coach Scott Schumacher said his degree from the United States Sports Academy has been crucial to his long term success in the world of collegiate athletics.
Schumacher – who earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 1990 – said he still applies the lessons he learned from his Academy education to his career today, 26 years later. Based in Brenham, Texas, Blinn is a two-year institution with four campuses and more than 19,000 students.
“I took classes that focused on sports personnel and facilities management and to this day, I still use what I learned in those classes in my day-to-day work,” Schumacher said. “The courses were hands-on, informational, and very beneficial.
“I would recommend the Academy to anyone who is looking for a job in any sports related field,” he said.
“I love the Academy,” Schumacher said. “To this day, I still keep in touch with many of the people I met there, and the things I learned there are still helpful to me in my career every day.
“The best thing about the Academy is that it offers people like me – who wanted to improve their education while maintaining a full time job – a chance to improve their life.
“When I studied at the Academy’s physical campus, I was able to do so in the summers and at night so that I could learn on my own time and still be able to work full time. Now, with the Academy’s online approach, students are still able to pursue an Academy degree on their own time.”
Schumacher is in his fifth year in his dual roles at Blinn. As athletic director, he oversees 375 student athletes, trainers, coaches and staff members across eight sports. Schumacher this year began his 27th season as a junior college head basketball coach with a 501-301 overall record. He has amassed a 75-52 overall record in his first four seasons at Blinn.
During the 2015-16 academic year, Schumacher oversaw a Blinn athletic department that won national championships in cheerleading and dance. Blinn’s volleyball and women’s basketball teams reached the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) tournament, and six of the school’s eight athletic teams qualified for postseason competition. Under his leadership, Blinn has won eight athletic national championships.
He initiated the Buccaneer Backer club, which raises financial support for the school’s athletic programs. In addition, Schumacher was involved in founding Blinn’s Adopt-a-Charity program, which allows each of the school’s athletic programs to donate a portion of their gate proceeds to charity. His athletes are also heavily involved in community service.
Prior to joining the Blinn College athletic department, Schumacher led three junior college basketball programs to conference championships. He served as basketball coach at Paris Junior College and Kilgore College, where he earned the distinction of being the only coach in Texas Eastern Athletic Conference history to lead two different programs to conference titles. He also served as the athletic director and head men’s basketball coach at North Dakota State College of Science, where he led the team to three conference championships.
Schumacher has coached 12 NJCAA All-Americans and more than 70 of his players have signed National College Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 scholarships. More than 20 of his former players have played professional basketball.
Schumacher has served two terms as president of the NJCAA Basketball Coaches Association and as chair of the NJCAA Basketball Hall of Fame selection committee. He founded the NJCAA Basketball Coaches All-Star Game in Las Vegas. The Scott Schumacher Sportsmanship Award is given annually to an All-Star Game participant who best exhibits sportsmanship.
Prior to studying at the Academy, Schumacher earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Texas State University.
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission Sports University created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call (251) 626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.