FLORENCE, S.C. - Francis Marion University athletic officials recently announced that former soccer defender Josef Schroeder is the newest inductee into the FMU Athletic Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony will take place during Homecoming activities on Saturday, Feb. 20, in the Smith University Center gymnasium between the women’s and men's games of the FMU and Augusta State University basketball doubleheader at approximately 3:45 p.m.
A native of Elgin, Ill., Schroeder played four seasons at Francis Marion from 1994 to 1997. He earned a B.A. degree in biology from Francis Marion in 1998, and later earned a M.A. degree in school counseling from Northeastern Illinois University.
Schroeder now resides in Crystal Lake, Ill., with his wife and two children. He is in his seventh year as chemistry teacher at Crystal Lake Central High School, where he is also the girls’ varsity soccer coach.
In 2009, he guided the Tigers to an 11-7-1 record, the program’s first-ever regional championship, and a spot in the sectional semifinals. He was named NWH Coach of the Year following the 2007 season. He is also co-director of the Crystal Lake Central High School Summer Soccer Camp.
As a senior at Francis Marion in 1997, he was named a second-team NSCAA/Umbro All-American as well as earning All-Region and All-Peach Belt Conference honors.
He was also an All-Region performer in 1996 and earned All-Conference recognition as a sophomore and junior.
Schroeder finished his career owning the school record for matched played and started. He started every one of FMU’s 76 matches during those four seasons and amassed totals of 15 goals scored and eight assists. The Patriots advanced to the semifinals of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament each of his four seasons.
He was twice named his team’s most valuable player, in 1995 and 1997, and was named to the PBC Presidential and FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic honor rolls each of his last three years.
Following his graduation, he played professionally in the USL D-3 League.
Schroeder joins 34 current members in the FMU Athletic Hall of Fame, which was formed in 1991. Past inductees include Chiffonia “Precious” Adderson (women’s basketball), Cindy Alford (women’s softball), Jeannette Alston (women’s basketball, volleyball), Kristi Anderson (women’s softball), Mark Bedenbaugh (cross country, track and field), Gary Bennett (golf), Daryl Blume (men’s basketball), Jennifer Brabson (women’s basketball), Maria Costas (women’s basketball, tennis, volleyball), Tom C. Davidson (coach and administrator), Carlton Farr (men’s basketball), LaRue Fields (women’s basketball, volleyball), Alvaro Figuerola (men’s soccer), Allen Floyd (men’s basketball), Jennifer Grande Parker (volleyball, women’s basketball), Jeremy Halpin (baseball), Sylvia Rhyne Hatchell (women’s basketball coach), Lewis Hill (men’s basketball coach), Mary Hirst (women’s tennis), Wayne Huggins (baseball), Scotty Keefe (baseball), Anthony “Chico” Lombardo (baseball), Sam Lundkvist (men’s tennis), Pearl Moore (women’s basketball), Robert Moore (men’s basketball), Krissy Burt Owens (women’s volleyball), Mitch Powell (track and field, cross country), Tommy Randall (golf), David Stafford (track and field, cross country), Garth Thomson (men’s tennis player and coach), Randy White (track and field, cross country), Mike Wilson (baseball), Lee Whitwell (women’s tennis), and Rendy Yates (women’s softball player and coach).