John Schaekel is in his sixth season on the Minnesota staff. Schaekel assisted player personnel during his first year on staff and has served as an assistant coordinator of recruiting operations for the past five years.
Prior to joining the Minnesota staff, he was the linebackers coach at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas in 2010. He was also the defensive coordinator at Rochester Community and Technical College in Minnesota in 2009.
During 2007 and 2008, Schaekel served at the defensive graduate assistant at Northwestern State University in Louisiana, working with linebackers and the defensive line.
He began his coaching career at Midwestern State University in 2006, serving as the defensive graduate assistant and coaching outside linebackers.
Schaekel holds a bachelor's degree from Valparaiso University (2006), where he played safety for the football team. He also holds a master's degree from Northwestern State University (2009).
Schaekel grew up in St. Paul, Minn., and attended Concordia Academy in Roseville before moving to Texas and finishing high school outside of the Houston area at Concordia Lutheran.
Schaekel and his wife Sarah were married on March 15, 2014. They have one son, Nolan.
Five Gophers on Senior Bowl Watch List
Seniors Mitch Leidner, Jack Lynn, Jalen Myrick, Jonah Pirsig and Damarius Travis are the Maroon and Gold representatives on the watch list.
Player Profile: Damarius Travis
From the outside view the Gophers secondary may look like it needs a complete rehaul after having two players in Briean Boddy-Calhoun and Eric Murray go to the NFL. That is not the case.
Sunday Night Overtime With Coach Claeys Began Aug. 21
Sunday Night Overtime With Coach Claeys will originate from the Gophers’ locker room at TCF Bank Stadium and will be streamed using Facebook Live.