Chris Schumacher

Chris Schumacher

Track and Field Coach to Be Inducted into Alma Mater's Wall of Fame

Oct. 10, 2006

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois Wesleyan University track and field coach Chris Schumacher is one of five who will be inducted into the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse's Wall of Fame during the university's Homecoming weekend Oct. 21-22.

Schumacher will join two other track stars from the late '80s and early '90s - David Coates, Jr., (1991-94) and Bill Schroeder (1990-93) - and three-sport letter winner Fritz Pongratz (1958-61), along with UW-LaCrosse swim coach Rich Pein, who has headed swim teams from 1979-87 and 1990 to the present.

The Wall of Fame pays tribute to former athletes and coaches for their exceptional ability and enhancement of school tradition. This year's inductees will be honored during a brunch at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, in the Cleary Alumni & Friends Center on the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse campus.

Schumacher excelled in football and track and field for the UW-LaCrosse Eagles from 1987-90, earning letters in both sports all four years. In football, he helped the team earn the second place National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics title and a conference title in 1989. In track and field, he helped the team run a streak of four straight conference titles and National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III championships in the indoor in 1987, and both indoor and outdoor in 1988. With a personal best long jump, he placed third as a freshman in the 1987 NCAA Division III indoor championships.

Since Schumacher came to Illinois Wesleyan in 1997, he has produced 71 track and field All-Americans through the 2006 season.

Contact: Stew Salowitz, (309) 556-3206