Joplin, Mo. – Missouri Southern Director of Athletics Jared Bruggeman has announced that Bryan Schiding has had the interim tag removed and is the full-time men's track and field and cross country coach at Missouri Southern.
"Coach Schiding has shown that he is the right person to lead our men's track and field program," Bruggeman said. "After a thorough review of the program, it was clear this was the way we needed to go. I am more than confident in Coach Schiding's ability to take this program and extend the continued success that we've come to expect from our teams."
Schiding has spent the past year as the interim head coach and during that period the Lions finished 19th nationally at the cross country meet, as well as at the 2014 Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The cross country team placed second at this year's MIAA Championship and third at the regional meet.
The Lions finished in second place at the MIAA Indoor Championships this season and placed sixth at the Outdoor Championships. The Lions qualified five athletes in six events for the indoor championships and had five more qualify for the outdoor championships. Southern had three named All-Region during cross country season and five during both the indoor and outdoor seasons, while the Lions had three named All-American during the indoor season.
Schiding was an assistant coach for four years with the Lions' track and field team and since his arrival, the Lions have had 17 individual and two relay All-American honors.
"I feel fortunate to have the opportunity and support from our athletics administration to move from interim to head coach," Schiding said. "Cross country and track and field have always had a rich history of success at Missouri Southern. I have very high expectations of myself and these programs and I feel we have the right people in place to continue and improve upon our success."