Director of Athletics Dave Martin announced today that Peter Schmidt has joined The University of Scranton athletics department and will serve as athletics communications assistant. He will begin his duties on Monday, Jan. 8.
Schmidt comes to Scranton with 10 years of athletics communications and sports information experience at the NCAA Division III level, all in the local area. He has spent the last five-plus years as sports information director and assistant director of athletics at Keystone College in nearby LaPlume, Pa.
While at Keystone, Schmidt was responsible for publicity of the college's 21 intercollegiate athletic programs, including working with local and national media, maintaining the athletic department's social media accounts, updating and maintaining the athletics website and providing photography for the department. He oversaw a complete redesign of gokcgiants.com and also coordinated the department's Hall of Fame induction ceremony and senior banquet.
Prior to being hired at Keystone, Schmidt spent five years as the assistant director of sports information at Marywood University in Scranton, filling that role from August 2007 to September 2012. During his time there, he oversaw publicity for the university's athletics programs and was responsible for nominating student-athletes for conference, regional and national awards.
Schmidt also served as an assistant men's soccer coach and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee advisory while at Marywood. As an assistant coach, he had a role in planning practice, game preparation and game day coaching. As the SAAC advisor, Schmidt held monthly meetings with student-athletes from all intercollegiate athletics programs while developing programs for the student-athletes, including the creation of the Pacers Cup, a competition among teams at Marywood.
A 2003 graduate of Wilkes with a bachelor of arts degree in political science and English, Schmidt also worked as a statistician for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers, a local arena football team, from March 2005 until August 2009. Schmidt also received his master of business administration degree from Wilkes in 2007.