BLOG: Central York grad excels as college coach

Steve Heiser

Central York High School graduate Bryan Schiding is making his mark in the collegiate coaching world.

The former Panthers standout has been named the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year.

Bryan Schiding

Schiding was recently named the director of track and field at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri. He's now the head coach of both the men's and women's teams. Schiding has been the men’s head coach for three years.

Schiding led his Missouri Southern men’s team to the university’s first-ever MIAA outdoor conference championship.

Twelve of Schiding's athletes have qualified in 17 events for the upcoming NCAA Division II National Championships, to be held May 26-28, in Tampa Florida.

Schiding earned his first conference track coach of the year honor after being named the cross country coach of the year in 2014. 

The Lions, who are ranked 13th in NCAA Division II, were picked to finish third in the MIAA preseason coaches poll, but won the outdoor title over No. 8 Pittsburg State by 11 points. They defeated No. 7 Central Missouri by 51 points and No. 18 Lincoln by 41 points.

In his senior year at Central, Schiding was The York Dispatch Track and Field Athlete of the Year. He still holds Central’s long jump and triple jump school records, at 23 feet, 5 1/2 inches and 48-0 1/4, respectively.