Courtesy of Lakeland University
PLYMOUTH, Wisconsin -- Lakeland University on Friday tabbed a familiar face to lead its men's basketball program, selecting former player and assistant coach Sam Schroeder as head men's basketball coach.
Schroeder, who earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees at Lakeland, has served the Muskies as an assistant men's basketball coach and recruiting coordinator for the past six seasons under former head coach Aaron Aanonson, who resigned earlier this spring.
Schroeder was part of a program that posted five consecutive winning seasons and a 90-44 record, including a Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference championship in 2013 and two NACC Tournament championship game appearances.
Schroeder also attributed in the player development of 13 all-conference and four all-freshman team selections, including two All-American selections and two all-region selections, along with the school's all-time leading scorer, NACC Player of the Year and Division III All-Star game selection in 2013.
He also served as head men's golf coach for four seasons.
Off the court, Schroeder developed and initiated the men's basketball program's Leadership, Attitude, and Character Education program (LACE). LACE emphasizes creating a championship culture on and off the court. The program provides student-athletes with a foundation for success and guides them to being positive, respectful, and contributing leaders of society.
Schroeder joined the Muskie men's basketball staff after playing basketball for four years at Lakeland. He was a member of the Muskies' 2007-08 Northern Athletics Conference (now NACC) Tournament championship team, was a two-time NAC Scholar-Athlete and was named to the NAC All-Sportsmanship Team. He also received the team's Passion and Dedication Award while playing basketball.
He earned a bachelor's in sociology in 2011 and completed a master of arts in counseling with a higher education emphasis in 2013.
Schroeder is a native of Red River, Wis., and a graduate of Shawano High School.