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Chad Schreiber, one of the most successful coaches in Lakeland College history, resigned Tuesday as the Muskies' head women's volleyball coach.
He steps down after 16 seasons, guiding Lakeland to a 310-247 record overall, eight conference championships and six trips to the NCAA Division III national tournament.
Schreiber, a native of Sheboygan Falls, hopes to retain his role as Lakeland's head men's volleyball coach on a part-time basis, but that decision will be dictated by the outcome of his ongoing job search. Schreiber and the college will make a decision in a couple of weeks.
"I need to spend more time being a husband and father to my three children, and that means stepping away from the time commitment of coaching a fall sport," said Schreiber, who earned his master of education degree from Lakeland in 1999.
"I have reached a point where the demands of coaching year round does not allow me to be the husband and father I want to be. I thought for many years that I'd always have the energy to deal with the sacrifices that come with this position, but I underestimated how fast time passes when you're raising children. I want to see my son play quarterback this fall, and watch my daughter begin her volleyball career."
Lakeland athletic director Jane Bouche said the college will move quickly to fill the position.
"I understand and respect his decision," Bouche said. "Chad has put together one of the best programs in the region, and we're thankful for all that he's done for the college, on and off the court, during his tenure."
After three seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Schreiber quickly turned Lakeland's women's volleyball program into a perennial winner. He established the college's men's club volleyball program in 1996.
In 2001, the women's program won its first Lake Michigan Conference championship since 1986, followed by Lakeland's first-ever NCAA tournament appearance in 2002 with a program-best 32-5 record. In 2002, the Muskies became the first team in conference history to win every game of each conference match.
Overall, the program won five consecutive LMC titles from 2001-05, made four straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 2002-05. Schreiber's teams have won the National Team Award for Academic Excellence five times, and he has coached numerous all-conference and all-region players.
"I have been blessed with great players and assistants, and there have been a lot of memorable times through the past 16 years," Schreiber said. "I've been surrounded by good people who made me better, and I'll always be grateful for my time here and what we accomplished."
Schreiber has also guided the men's club volleyball team to national prominence, winning the club national championship in 2008 and playing for the national title in three out of five seasons at one stretch and being ranked in the nation's top 25 for 11 consecutive seasons.
Schreiber will continue as head coach of USA Volleyball's Badger Region boys youth national team. He formerly served as the NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Chair and the NCAA Midwest Regional Chair.