Terri Schumacher, who led the Titans to a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) championship in 2006, stepped down Friday (March 30) as the head women’s basketball coach at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Schumacher will remain as a member of the UW Oshkosh athletics staff until her movement into a full-time position with the UW Oshkosh Student Recreation & Wellness Center in July.
Schumacher made a name for herself in Oshkosh with success as a student-athlete, high school coach and collegiate coach. The 1985 NCAA Division III All-American took over as UW Oshkosh’s head coach in 2006. During her first season, the Titans posted a 19-8 record that included a 12-4 league mark for a share of the WIAC title.
The 2006 season featured a 7-1 start. UW Oshkosh then recorded five straight victories in January to climb up the league standings. In the regular-season finale, the Titans rallied for a 61-58 overtime win over UW-Platteville to clinch the co-championship. UW Oshkosh then went 1-1 in the WIAC Tournament, including a 68-58 loss to UW-Stevens Point in the semifinal round.
“I have enjoyed my coaching time at UW Oshkosh,” Schumacher said. “I was blessed to work with some talented athletes during my tenure. I leave knowing that I have left a group of talented athletes with a sound base to build on.”
Schumacher’s second-best season was 2011. UW Oshkosh finished fifth in the WIAC with a 7-9 record (12-14 overall). The Titans ranked first in the nation, ahead of 423 other teams, with 78.6-percent accuracy on free throws. Schumacher also coached the best three-point shooting team (43.8 percent) in the NCAA Division III during 2006.
Six players under Schumacher earned All-WIAC first team accolades, including Whitney Tyriver who was a selection in both 2007 and 2008. Other women receiving All-WIAC status were Shelby Churchill (2011), Shannon Eggers (2006), Brittany Herrick (2006), Becky Knapp (2007) and Kelly O’Keefe (2006).
“Terri has served UW Oshkosh with the utmost pride, integrity and professionalism during the past seven years,” said UW Oshkosh Director of Athletics Darryl Sims. “Most important has been Terri’s commitment to the student-athletes that she coached. She always conducted her program with the player’s best interest in mind, academically, athletically and personally.”