Schuknecht Leaves NWU Basketball To Accept New Coaching Position

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Schuknecht To Leave NWU To Accept New Position

LINCOLN, Neb.Nebraska Wesleyan University head men’s basketball coach Cam Schuknecht has announced that he has accepted a new coaching position and will leave his duties as head coach of the Prairie Wolves.

After eight seasons as head basketball coach at Nebraska Wesleyan and ten total seasons with the NWU basketball program, Coach Schuknecht has accepted the position of assistant coach at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He will join former NWU head coach Mark Franzen, who has been head coach at Luther since leaving NWU in 2006.

“I enjoyed my time at Nebraska Wesleyan and have made great friends with many fond memories while at NWU,” Schuknecht commented. “I had the pleasure to work with outstanding young men at NWU who were not only successful on the court, but were true student-athletes.”

This season, Schuknecht guided the Nebraska Wesleyan men’s basketball team to their best season since the first year of the Great Plains Athletic Conference in 2001. NWU finished the 2013-14 season with a 15-11 overall record, the most wins for the Prairie Wolves since the 2000-01 season. NWU ended the year tied for fifth in the GPAC standings with a 10-10 record, also their highest league finish in 13 years.

During his tenure, Schuknecht led NWU to the GPAC Postseason Tournament in two of the three years that they were eligible, had winning seasons the past two years and annually had one of the top defensive teams in the GPAC and in the nation. He compiled a 92-116 overall record with the Prairie Wolves and posted a 32-20 record against NCAA III competition.

In 2013-14, Coach Schuknect had one of his players become the first NWU player to earn All-American and CoSIDA Academic All-America recognition in the same year. All total, three Nebraska Wesleyan players have been CoSIDA Academic All-Americans under Schuknecht and 20 players earned All-GPAC honors under his guidance.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank Cam for his dedication to the NWU basketball program for the last 10 years,” NWU Athletic Director Ira Zeff said. “His work ethic and professionalism has made him a valued member of our athletic department. I wish him and his family well as he makes this professional move.”

A national search for a new head basketball coach at Nebraska Wesleyan will begin immediately.