A WALK WITH A HAWK ... FEATURING: TYLER SCHMITZ
Dec. 20, 2012
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – What would you do for love?
Imagine leaving everything and moving across the country. There is no job waiting for you, friends are not guaranteed and your family is nowhere close by. The only thing certain is the uncertain.
But why would you do that to yourself?
For University of Maryland Eastern Shore assistant bowling coach, Tyler Schmitz, it’s an easy answer.
He couldn’t be away from his significant other any longer.
So, he got in his car and drove 18 hours to Maryland. Initially, he struggled to find work and saw many of his job applications come back empty. He was forced to live off savings for several months. It eventually got to the point where moving back home was his only option.
And then it all changed.
“I was fortunate enough to be given a position at the university,” said Schmitz. “I started as an academic advisor and offering to help on game days, now I have added assistant bowling coach to my list of duties at UMES.”
The reward has proven to be worth the risk and Schmitz could not be any happier.
“I’ve been working hard and was lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time,” said Schmitz. “It is important to surround yourself with people that will make you better. UMES has done that for me.”
Serving as the assistant coach of a program that has won back-to-back NCAA championships is no easy chore, but for someone with the bowling experience of Schmitz, it sure makes it easier.
A former collegiate standout at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Schmitz participated in five consecutive USBC Junior Gold Championships from 2005-09 and has bowled ten career 300 games. At UW-Whitewater, he was named the team's Most Valuable Player twice and led the team to the Intercollegiate Team Championships in 2007. He was named an All-Academic recipient in 2007 and qualified for the USBC Intercollegiate Team Bowling Championships in 2008. He is also now a professional bowler.
Aside from the satisfaction of coaching a premier program, Schmitz enjoys the concept of helping others.
“I enjoy the satisfaction I get from helping others,” said Schmitz. “I’m willing to put others before myself.”
Bowling was not the only sport that Schmitz succeeded at growing up. The Green Bay, Wisconsin native was a fantastic baseball player and threw a pair of no-hitters in high school. In his last season, he was 11-1 as a starting pitcher. He gave up the opportunity to play collegiate baseball to bowl at UW-Whitewater.
Who is his biggest motivation?
“Myself,” said Schmitz. “I strive to do the best I can at everything I do. It is to me that I have to prove I can do what I set my mind on.”
In his spare time, he enjoys following the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers. He plays the guitar, likes to golf and cooks regularly. Schmitz is a big fan of rock music, particularly 80’s rock, and has played guitar in several bands.
In the future, Schmitz sees himself continuing to coach bowling at the collegiate level. He also aspires to be a middle school teacher and would like to continue to working in athletics.
The shaggy haired and fun loving Schmitz has been a delightful addition to the UMES staff. His risk has paid off on a couple different levels as he has made strides in his career and personal life.
It’s a decision he will never regret making and it is all because of love.
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