Michael Schober

Michael Schober

Assistant Track and Field Coach Sprints/Hurdles/Relays/Mid-distance
Central Michigan University

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Schober came to CMU from Mid-American Conference rival Kent State, where he coached 30 conference champions, 34 East Preliminary qualifiers, nine NCAA Championships qualifiers, and five All-Americans from 2013-19.

He was named the MAC Outdoor Men's Assistant Coach of the year in 2018.

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. Also In his time at Kent State he coached school record holders in the Men and Women 60H, Men's 110H, 200m (in), 400m(out), 400H, 4x100m, 4x400m(out), Women's 100H, 200m, 400m, 4x400m (in). Along with leading Mid-American Conference champions in the Men's 60m, 60H,100m, 200m, 110H, 400h, 4x100m, High Jump, Triple Jump. Women's 60H, 200m,100H, 400h, 4x400m, High Jump.

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.

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