WAUKESHA, Wis. -- The Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference announced the hiring of Joshua Schroeder as the conference's first full-time Assistant Commissioner. He will officially start duties on June 1, 2018.
Schroeder's primary duties with the NACC will include oversight of the league's athletic communication efforts, including brand and identity development utilizing the conference's various digital platforms. He will also assist with the execution of all 16 championship events and provide general administrative support to the governance structure and member institutions.
"We are very pleased to have Josh Schroeder join us in the new position of full-time Assistant Commissioner," said NACC Commissioner G. Steven Larson. "He brings a wealth of experience having served in a similar position recently with Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and has both the administrative and sports information background that will be a benefit to the NACC. We look forward to working with him as we enter a new era of the NACC and the perspective he brings to the conference."
Schroeder comes to the NACC from McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas, where he has spent the past two years as Director of Athletic Communications. During his two years at McPherson, Schroeder has been responsible for coordinating and executing the media relations efforts of an athletics program covering 16 NAIA varsity sports, including serving as the department's chief statistician and social media manager. In addition, he serves on the Hall of Fame committee and was instrumental in the introduction of high-definition broadcasts of various athletic events and hosted a monthly coaches' show.
Prior to McPherson, Schroeder spent a year as Director of Athletic Communications at Thomas College and eight years as Assistant to the Commissioner and Director of Information at the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
As the Iowa Conference's chief information officer, he coordinated the announcement of all league news, designed and produced league publications, and managed the conference website and social media accounts while also assisting in the planning and execution of all IIAC tournaments, championships and special events.
Schroeder also helped the Iowa Conference and its member schools host a number of NCAA events, including spending six years on the media coordination staff for the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships (lead: 2008-10; assistant: 2013-14, 2016). Additionally, he served as a site representative for multiple rounds in the NCAA Division III Soccer Championships and spent three years on the NCAA Division III Women's Golf Committee (2012-15).
"I applaud Commissioner Larson and the NACC's governance structure for moving this position to full-time and am honored and thrilled to join the NACC as its Assistant Commissioner," Schroeder said. "I want to thank the members of the search committee for offering me the opportunity to work with the administrators, coaches and student-athletes of the NACC's member institutions."
Active in the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), Schroeder has served as a district coordinator for the Academic All-America® program since 2008.
Schroeder assumes the duties held by Josh Larson, who has served the conference on a part-time basis since the NACC's founding in 2006.
"We would like to thank Josh, who has chosen to move on to a new career outside of the intercollegiate athletics realm, for the outstanding job he has done the past 12 years serving as the NACC Sports Information Director in a part-time capacity," said Commissioner Larson. "The quality of his work and dedication has been second to none as he has directed, designed and implemented the face of the NACC including the website, social media, press releases, awards structures, and the intranet, just to name a few. He will be missed."
A Kingsley, Iowa, native, Schroeder earned a bachelor's degree in politics and secondary education from Cornell College in 2005 where he spent four years as an assistant in the sports information office. He earned a master's degree in physical education with an emphasis in sport management from Minnesota State University Mankato in 2007.