Buena Vista University Director of Athletics Christyn Abaray has announced the hiring of Ryan Schroeder as its new head men's and women's cross country and track and field coach. Schroeder replaces Jeff Brennan, who had held the position for the past four seasons.
Schroeder, a native of Byron, Ill., is no stranger to the Iowa Conference as he was a 2011 graduate of Coe College. While competing for the Kohawks he became one of the school's most decorated runners in its history, having set three new school records and was a two-time All-Central Region runner. At the 2010 NCAA Division III National Cross Country Meet, Schroeder finished 52nd with a time of 25:10.6. He became just the second-ever Kohawk to qualify for the national championships.
"I am excited to for Ryan to be joining the Beaver family," says Abaray. "With his head coaching experience, recruiting experience and familiarity with the IIAC, Ryan is the right person to build upon the foundation that has been established and take our cross country and track and field teams to the next level."
Schroeder's most recent stop was Marian University (Wis.) where he wrapped up his first season as head coach of both the cross country and track and field programs. He served as the inaugural coach for the Sabres track and field programs in 2014 and coached a pair of individual all-conference finishes during the outdoor season this spring.
"I first want to thank Christyn Abaray and the rest of the search committee for selecting me to lead the cross country/track & field programs here at BVU," says Schroeder. "I'm thrilled for the opportunity to come back to the Iowa Conference where I competed collegiately and can't wait to get started. I look forward to joining the Buena Vista University community, enjoying a family atmosphere with the staff, and being a part of developing programs. Coach Brennan did an outstanding job the last four years building both programs and I look forward to picking up where he left off."
Prior to his year at Marian, he spent two seasons serving as a graduate assistant at Aurora University. He's excited to get to work and build upon the strong foundations put in place for both programs these last few years.
"I expect to bring energy, enthusiasm, passion and hard work," he adds. "This will transition into everything both programs do, from practice and meet days, to recruiting, to campus and community involvement. It's my goal to build both programs in numbers and compete for conference championships year-in-and-year-out in the near future. Buena Vista University has all the tools necessary to help athletes compete at its highest level, and I can't wait to get started working with the returning student-athletes and future Beavers in helping them reach their goals!"