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Kristofer Schnatz

Director of Physical Education & Athletics - USMMA

Level 1 Master Coach

Master Coach since 2024/03/19

I am a graduate of SUNY Maritime College with a degree in Marine Transportation and a USCG 3rd Mate's License. I earned a Master's Degree in Sports Administration from Valparaiso University in 2005. I spent 12 years in the maritime industry and upgraded my USCG License to an Unlimited Inland Master. In addition, I began coaching college basketball in 2003 and I was appointed to my first head coach position in 2007 at Purdue University North Central in Westville, IN. In 2012 I left the maritime industry and I began my career as a full-time Director of Athletics for Indiana University Northwest in Gary, IN. I coached for another two years before I was appointed to the position of Director of Athletics at SUNY Maritime College, my alma mater in 2016. In 2019 I was appointed to the position of Director of Physical Education & Athletics at the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), one of the five Federal Service Academies in the United States. Our program has 19 varsity teams and over 400 student-athletes. Since my appointment in August of 2019, we've won 25 conference championships and had 2 football bowl appearances with 21 teams qualifying for the NCAA Division III Championships.

How has Kristofer upgraded their leadership?

I continue to develop my leadership philosophy through continuous learning and training. I believe in individual professional development and I encourage our staff to take advantage of opportunities throughout their career. I've been active at the conference, regional, and national level in an effort to expand my network and professional leadership training. I currently serve on the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators as the 3rd Vice President. We focus on education, networking, and decision-making for over 420 schools throughout the country. I work closely with the leadership organizations within the NCAA and Division III. I am a member of the USMMA Superintendent's Leadership Team and serve on the Academy's Cabinet. I was introduced to Next Jump in February of 2023 and I have been working within the program through Module 1, the NYC Kick-off training, and most recently served as a Coach in the Glasgow Kick off for the UK Royal Navy.

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