Schemmel Hired As Metro State Baseball Coach

Long-time radio announcer will continue to call Nuggets home games

DENVER, Nov. 11, 2008 -- Nuggets radio announcer Jerry Schemmel has been named as Metro State College of Denver’s Head Baseball Coach, Athletic Director Joan McDermott announced today. Schemmel becomes the program’s fourth head coach in 31 years.

“Despite being a basketball announcer the last 19 years, my first love has always been baseball,” Schemmel said. “I loved playing the game and I love coaching it. I am tremendously excited about the challenges ahead at Metro State. The opportunity to build a national caliber Division II baseball program and help shape the lives of young men as athletes, and more importantly as people, is an incredible privilege.”

Schemmel brings more than 20 years of coaching experience to the Roadrunners. For the past two seasons he has served as a part-time assistant coach for Metro State. Prior to joining the Roadrunner staff, Schemmel was a youth baseball instructor for 13 years. After graduating college, he served as an assistant baseball coach at his alma mater, Washburn University helping the Blues post a 105-83 record.

“We are very excited to have Jerry join our staff,” McDermott said. “He not only has a proven track record as a quality baseball coach, but he has been an active member of the community. Jerry will be a huge asset to our athletic program.”

Schemmel has been the radio voice of the Denver Nuggets for the past 17 years after two years with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Schemmel will continue to broadcast Nuggets games on a limited basis.

“Schemmel will continue to broadcast Nuggets home games as well as all playoff games, sharing duties with Jason Kosmicki, who will be the play by play announcer for all regular season away games. We are very proud of Jerry and all his accomplishments”, said Matt Hutchings, CEO of Altitude Sports and Entertainment.

“We are happy that Jerry will be part of a great athletic program at Metro State and are pleased that he will continue to provide home play by play coverage for the Denver Nuggets.”

He is the author of the book, Chosen To Live, which chronicles his survival of United Airlines Flight 232 in Sioux City, Iowa in 1989. He is actively involved in the community, raising over $200,000 for local charity in the summers of 2004-05 by riding his bicycle across the country.

A graduate of Washburn University with a B.A. degree in communications, Schemmel also earned a law degree from the college in 1985 and practiced law for five years.

Schemmel resides in Littleton with his wife Diane, 16 year-old daughter Maggie and nine-year old son, Ryan.