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Sara Schneider
Position: Coord. Athletic Dev. and Special Events
Hometown: Grove City, Minn.
Alma Mater: South Dakota State
Graduating Year: 2010
Phone: (605) 697-7475
Email: Sara.Schneider@sdsufoundation.org

Sara Schneider 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.

Schneider, known 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.

Following 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. 

While training, 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.