• 11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
  • 32 NCAA Div. III individual championships
  • 176 Iowa Conference titles
  • 23 Iowa Conference all-sports titles
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Ryan Schmidt

Senior, football

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Hometown: Keswick, Iowa

High School: Tri-County

Why Central?
I came to Central for a football camp in high school and I felt that Central was the place to be from that point on. The people were nice and welcoming and I enjoyed the atmosphere surrounding Central. 

Favorite professor and why
Dr. Russ Benedict because he is a great guy and always finds a way to teach in everything that he does. He has been very helpful and truly made my experience at Central complete.

You’re majoring in environmental science because…
I have always enjoyed being outdoors, hunting and fishing, and I felt that I wanted to pursue a career where I was able to work in these types of environments.   

Favorite Central memory
I have many great memories on the football field, but my favorite was beating Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2009. 

What you like best about Central’s coaches
I like and appreciate the fact that they have taught me how to become a better football player, but also taught me how to become a better person both now and in the future. They take the opportunities to teach life lessons.

In your iPod
You will find a little bit of everything, but mostly country.

The toughest thing about playing defense
Is being in the right place at the right time.

Central’s new trayless system in the cafeteria—good or bad and why
I feel that Central’s trayless system is good because it is one more small step to help Central become more sustainable. 

Best advice ever received from a coach
Test yourself everyday or you will become slow. 

Person past or present you’d like to have lunch with
Dan Marino

Pre-game ritual or habit
Relax, think, and listen to music.

Favorite superhero and why
Superman because he is a stud.

The thing you love most about Central football
The work ethic.

One of your favorite books
The Strange Secret of the Big Time

Best part of practice
Watching Coach Mac tackle Spencer Fuller



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