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Michael Schober

About

Michael Schober has been instrumental in the development of the Kent State track and field program since he joined the staff in 2013. Schober leads Kent State’s sprints, hurdles, relays, and high jump events and has brought success in each of those areas at the conference, regional, national levels.

In three years, Schober has coached 17 Mid-American Conference Champions, 19 regional qualifiers, and four national championships qualifiers. Under Schober’s tutelage, the outdoor 4x400 meter relay team of Matt Tobin, Andrew O’Leary, Danny Young, and Miles Dunlap achieved All-America Second Team honors becoming the only relay team in Kent State history to attain All-America status.

Schober was also instrumental in developing one of the best hurdlers/sprinters in Kent State and Mid-American Conference history in William Barnes. With Schober’s aid, Barnes had a tremendous 2016 season: hitting the Olympic qualifying standard in the 110m hurdles with a Kent State & Puerto Rican National record time of 13.41 seconds, earning Second Team All-America honors (60mH) and winning five MAC Championships (60mH, 200m(2), 110mH, 4x400m). Altogether, Barnes was nine-time MAC Champion, three-time All-American, and holds two Kent State records.

Prior to Kent State, Schober coached at Mount Union, where he was named USTFCCCA 2013 Men’s Great Lakes Region Division III Assistant Coach of the Year after five of his athletes qualified for the Division III National Championships. In total, Schober coached one national champion, 16 national championship qualifiers, seven All-Americans, 10 conference champions, and eight school record holders in his time with the Purple Raiders.

Before coaching at Mount Union, the Penfield, N.Y. native also spent some time at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, where he was the track & field coach at the Michael Johnson Performance Training Center. Schober taught skills, evaluated and trained athletes, as well as produced strength & conditioning programs, power programs, and performed the Functional Movement Screen on athletes.

A graduate of Kent State University where he earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in physical education-human movement studies in 2012, Schober earned All-MAC honors five times. A team captain during his senior year, Schober’s score of 5,358 in the heptathlon ranks sixth all-time in the Kent State record books. He also spent the 2011-12 season as a volunteer assistant on Lawson’s track & field staff where he worked closely with the high jump and combined events.

Schober also spent three summers as a coach at the Matt Buffum Summer Track Camp in Rochester, N.Y. He coached two athletes who won state titles in New York and five athletes who received Division I scholarships during his time working at the camp.