Monsignor Farrell Class of 2012 Alumnus Robert Schmidt has been named Assistant Director of Athletics for Student Wellness and Sports Performance, a newly created position in support of the Oakwood School student body, the school announced on Wednesday.
He will be responsible for running the new strength and conditioning wellness center and annual training programs for Farrell student athletes.
“I am very excited to return to the place that has helped me tremendously in my life and to be part of Monsignor Farrell’s exciting future,” said Schmidt, who played football for Farrell and was a member of the Teaching the Christian Message program in the Department of Religious Education, which sends high school students to local high schools to teach CCD.
After graduating from Farrell, Schmidt played football for two years at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and earned his bachelor’s degree in sports science from Long Island University, Brooklyn.
He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and also a corrective exercise specialist from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
He has been coached by some of the most respected strength and conditioning professionals and has worked at prestigious colleges and universities such as Ball State University (Indiana), the University of Alabama, the University of South Carolina and Defiance College (Ohio). Most recently, he was Head of High School Strength and Conditioning for the New York Sports Science Lab on Staten Island. He is currently working on his Masters in Coaching from Ball State.
“We are very excited to have another of our Loyal Men return home to join Monsignor Farrell’s faculty and staff,” said Farrell President Lou Tobacco. “Robert’s strength and conditioning and sports science expertise will be invaluable to our athletics program, and his involvement in our sports department will benefit all of our students, not just those who participate in team sports.”
Schmidt’s employment at Farrell coincides with the current construction of the school’s new strength and conditioning wellness center, which is being built on the floor space of the existing weight room and the adjoining film / training room, creating a large, open space.
“The facility will have state-of-the-art equipment that has been specially developed for a strength and conditioning program at high schools,” explained Schmidt. The facilities include powerlift stations, a cardio area and a 20-meter track surface. “Our new strength and conditioning wellness center will be a place where all of our student athletes can functionally and efficiently train in a safe team environment. It will add value to our student-wide physical education program by providing students with the right equipment and guidance for general fitness and strength training. “
His contribution was already significantly involved in the design phase of the new center.
“I look forward to working with Robert and our student body as a whole,” said Farrell AD Tony Garofalo. “We have seen his career grow over the past few years and to have him back with Monsignor Farrell is just amazing. There is no more dedicated or passionate person for both fitness and athletic performance. “
In addition to his new role, he will support Farrell’s physical education program and overall student wellbeing for the entire student body.