Schemmel is USD’s new Director of Athletics

December 21, 2023

VERMILLION, S.D.–Jon Schemmel has been named the new director of athletics at the University of South Dakota.

He will start on January 2nd.

Schemmel has 10 years of experience working in Division I athletic departments.

“This is an exciting time for USD,” said President Sheila K. Gestring. “Our athletics program continues to reach new heights, and I am confident that with Jon’s leadership we will further that success.”

Previously, Schemmel served USD as senior associate athletic director for development from 2012-2017. During that time, he served on the senior executive teams for the USD Foundation and the USD Department of Athletics.

Schemmel has been president and CEO and vice president of institutional advancement at Dakota State University’s Foundation & Alumni Association since 2021.

“Thank you to President Gestring, the search committee and all who were part of the search process,” said Schemmel. “My family and I are ecstatic to return to USD and the Vermillion community. This is truly a full-circle moment for us. To have the opportunity to come back to a place that has meant the world to me and my family is incredibly exciting and humbling. I look forward to reconnecting with the entire Coyote community.”

Schemmel is a graduate of San Diego State University.