The University of South Dakota Foundation is pleased to announce that Jon Schemmel is the new associate athletic director for Development effective immediately. Schemmel will play a pivotal role in securing contributions for the three major campus projects that were recently approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents.
"I couldn't be more excited about the opportunity to work with Steve Brown and the USD Foundation as well as David Sayler and the entire USD athletics' staff," said Schemmel. "The vision and excitement President (Jim) Abbott and David Sayler have for this university and its Division I athletic programs is second-to-none, and I feel fortunate to continue to be a part of it. I look forward to meeting as many USD alums, friends and fans as soon as possible."
Schemmel was the account executive for Coyote Sports Properties, the marketing arm of Learfield Sports with University of South Dakota athletics, the last two years. He lived and worked in sales in Minneapolis for two years prior to arriving in Vermillion.
"Jon will be a tremendous asset for us in terms of raising funds for these projects," said South Dakota athletic director David Sayler. "Jon is familiar with South Dakota and has much to offer from a sales standpoint."
A native of Eden Prairie, MN, Schemmel graduated from San Diego State University in 2009 with a degree in public administration. He played four seasons of professional baseball – two with the New York Mets and two with the San Diego Padres organizations. He made it as high as AAA in 2007 before ending his career following the 2008 season.
Jon and his wife, Heidi, reside in Tea.