St. Louis, Mo., April 4, 2014 – The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team will be honoring Director of Athletics John Schael with "John Schael Day" when Washington U. takes on the University of Chicago at Noon Saturday, April 5, at Kelly Field.
Schael announced in January that he would retire after leading the Washington University Department of Athletics for 36 years. His final day as Director of Athletics will be June 30, 2014. As part of baseball's recognition Saturday, Schael will throw out the first pitch prior to the Bears' first game of its doubleheader against Chicago.
During Schael's 36 years at Washington University, the Bears athletic programs have won 19 NCAA Division III National Championships, 166 University Athletic Association (UAA) titles, and made 176 NCAA appearances. The Washington University teams during his tenure have compiled a 70.4 winning percentage and amassed more than 5,600 wins. Under Schael's direction, Washington University has also finished in the top-10 in the Learfield Director's Cup standings in each of the last 11 years.
Prior to joining Washington University, Schael worked at Chicago from 1968-78. He was the wrestling coach throughout his stay and the associate director of physical education and athletics from 1974-78. Schael lettered four years in wrestling and one year in baseball at Miami University (Ohio), where he earned his bachelor's degree in physical education in 1966 and his master's degree in administration and physical education in 1968.