New head football coach appointed at Peru State
(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) today announced that Athletic Director Steve Schneider will take on a dual role at the institution by also serving as head football coach. Former Head Football Coach Terry Clark has been appointed interim defensive coordinator.
Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Michaela Willis said, “This change in leadership presents a great opportunity for Peru State football. Coach Clark worked hard over the years to build a solid foundation for our program. With his vast experience as a coach and administrator, Athletic Director Schneider is well positioned to lead Bobcat football to the next level of competition while remaining focused on student athlete success both on and off the field.”
Schneider said, “I’m appreciative and thankful for the opportunity to carry on the Bobcat tradition. The Peru State football program is positioned well for success, due in large part to Coach Clark’s leadership and the support of the college administration. We look forward to propelling the program to a position of prominence in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.”
Schneider came to Peru State in 2009 from Midland Lutheran College in Fremont where he served as vice president for institutional advancement. Prior to that appointment Schneider was director of athletics from 1992-2007 and assistant to the director of athletics from 1985-1989. Schneider is an experienced football coach, having served as a head coach, defensive coordinator, position coach, strength and conditioning specialist, and as a recruiter. He served as head softball coach from 1988-1992 and was an assistant professor of physical education.
Since Schneider’s arrival at Peru State he has guided the Athletic Department through a change to the Heart of America Athletic Conference, developed a three-year strategic plan, and created the Student Athlete Advisory Council, which gives student athlete leaders the opportunity to meet with him monthly to discuss operations and ways to better support student athletes. Peru State has also been recognized during his tenure as a Five-Star Institution by the NAIA Champions of Character Initiative, the core values of which are respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, servant leadership and integrity.
Schneider is a member of the American Football Coaches Association; American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. He has been involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the United Way, area booster clubs and Rotary International.
Schneider earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Midland Lutheran College in 1980 and a master’s degree in health, physical education and recreation from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1985.