MIAMI – After four years at the helm of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi program, Jake Schumann has been introduced as FIU’s head coach, announced by FIU Executive Director of Sports and Entertainment Pete Garcia.
“We are very excited and feel fortunate to be able to hire Jake Schumann, who brings a tremendous amount of experience and success,” Garcia said. “We feel that he will be able to take our softball program to even higher levels.”
“First, I want to thank Pete Garcia and Julie Berg for this opportunity,” Schumann said. “I’m very excited to continue to develop the program that coach [Beth] Torina has built, and I feel as if I’m in a position to have success immediately. I’m very excited to be in South Florida and I’m looking forward to a new season of Panther softball.”
During his tenure at Texas A&M-CC, Schumann amassed a record of 120-104, improving his team’s win total every season, culminating with a 41-19 record and a Southland Conference regular-season championship in 2011. The team also advanced to the final of the Southland Conference Tournament for the first time in school history in 2011, as Schumann was named Southland Coach of the Year.
Additionally in 2011, Schumann became the Islanders’ all-time leader in wins, surpassing the previous mark of 112 held by Missy Dickerson. The 41 wins marked the second-most victories in school history behind a 42-11 ledger achieved by the 2005 squad.
In 2010, Schumann guided the Islanders to a 35-22 record and an appearance in the Southland Conference Tournament, marking TAMUCC’s first postseason appearance since joining the Southland Conference. The 35 wins are tied for the third-most in school history, matching the 2002 team’s win total, while the Islanders went 6-6 against teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament and had two wins against top-25 opponents with victories against No. 15 Texas and No. 21 Texas A&M.
Schumann came to TAMUCC from Texas A&M-Kingsville where he served as head coach for four seasons. In his final season, he guided the Javelinas to a 34-22 record and a trip to NCAA Regionals. He left TAMUK as the all-time winningest softball coach in school history with 120 victories.
During his time at Kingsville, Schumann guided the Javelinas to three 30-win seasons. He coached 19 All-Lone Star Conference players, as well as a pitcher of the year and the school’s first player of the year, in addition to the program’s first All-American.
Prior to arriving in Kingsville, Schumann spent two years as the head coach at Carl Albert State College (Okla.). Schumann began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami, Okla. Northeastern posted a 101-16 record in his two seasons with the squad and, in 2000, the team finished third in the nation. In four seasons at Northeastern, Schumann coached 19 all-region players and six All-Americans.
In addition to his numerous coaching duties, Schumann has served as an athletic coordinator for the National Youth Sports Program sponsored by the NCAA.
Schumann played baseball for two years at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M before transferring to Ball State.