Ben Schumacher joined the Gopher football staff as an assistant strength and conditioning coach in June 2013.
Schumacher assists in developing the strength and conditioning for Minnesota student-athletes under the direction of head strength and conditioning coach Eric Klein. He is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Strength & Conditioning Coach Certified through the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) as well as CPR/AED certified.
Before coming to Minnesota, Schumacher had stops at Harvard University, Iowa, Nebraska and Northwest Missouri State.
While at Harvard, he implemented speed, agility, strength and conditioning programs for six Crimson teams in addition to assisting with the training of the 2011 Ivy League champion football team.
Prior to his time at Harvard, Schumacher served as a recruitment specialist at Iowa Central Community College. He visited high schools to meet with students, coaches and teachers, and helped students build schedules that would lead to graduation.
Schumacher was a graduate assistant for strength and conditioning at Northwest Missouri State from 2008 to 2010. He was the head strength coach for five teams, including the 2010 national champion cheer squad, and assisted with both basketball teams and the 2010 national champion football team.
Schumacher interned with Iowa football during summer training in 2008 and 2010. During the summer between, he did the same at Nebraska.
Schumacher earned his Bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Concordia University-St. Paul in 2008. He earned his Master's degree in applied health sciences at Northwest Missouri State in 2010.
Schumacher and his fiancé Kayla, a chiropractor, live in North St. Paul and will be married in May 2014