joined the South Dakota State development staff in October 2012 as the coordinator
of athletic development and special events. In this position, Sara manages
special events for the athletic department throughout the year, and works with
the Letterwinners Club, which helps keep former Jackrabbit student-athletes
connected and informed of upcoming events.
as Sara Ackman while a student, graduated from South Dakota State in 2010 with
a bachelor's degree in consumer affairs, and competed on the track and field
team from 2005-10. During her time at SDSU she competed in two NCAA Division I Outdoor
National Championships, throwing the discus in both 2009 and 2010.
In addition to qualifying
for nationals, Schneider also earned Academic All-American honors in 2009 and
2010. In total, she earned seven all-conference titles, four Summit League
individual titles in indoor shot put, weight throw, outdoor shot put and discus,
as well as a Division I independent title in the discus.
graduation, Schneider moved to Galt, Calif., to train with the 2008 Olympic gold
medalist and three-time Olympian Stephanie Brown Trafton in the discus. During
her time in California, she competed in national and international competitions
for the discus.
she also dedicated her time to helping middle and high school students at throwing
clinics in California.
Sara and her
husband, Tyler, live in Brookings.