A former York County track and field standout has been named the interim men's track and field and cross country head coach at Missouri Southern University.
Central York High School graduate Bryan Schiding will take over the NCAA Division II program on July 1.
In 1996, Schiding was named the York-Adams League Track and Field Athlete of the Year. After competing for Bucknell University throughout his undergraduate years, he ultimately chose to pursue a career in track and field, as a coach, at the collegiate level.
A national search for Missouri Southern's next permanent head coach will be conducted in January of 2014.
Schiding is in his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Lions and has worked primarily with the sprinters and jumpers. In three years at Southern, his athletes have combined for nine individual and two relay All-American awards.
Before Missouri Southern, Schiding spent six years at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He was twice named as the NCAA Division II Men's Regional Assistant Coach of the Year, earning the honor in 2007 for the Great Lakes Region after the Miners posted their highest finish ever at an NCAA championship meet, then again in 2009 when the Missouri S&T men's team swept the Great Lakes Valley Conference titles with strong performances from its sprinters and jumpers keying the title runs.
While at S&T, Schiding had 74 individuals qualify for the NCAA Championships with 22 earning All-America honors.
Before joining Missouri S&T, Schiding served as an assistant track and field coach at LaSalle University in Philadelphia for three seasons, coaching both the men's and women's field events and also working with the sprinters and hurdlers.
Schiding was the team captain while competing at Bucknell, where he was a 2000 graduate with a bachelor's degree in economics. He set the school record in the indoor long jump and won conference titles in the long jump (twice) and triple jump, earning seven all-conference awards during his career. Schiding earned an MBA with a concentration in marketing from LaSalle.
Head coach Tom Rutledge is retiring after 24 years at Missouri Southern.