First of all, Schumm, 24, was a first-team

By Tom Hardesty Record-Courier staff writer Published:

First of all, Schumm, 24, was a first-team All-New York State performer as a junior and senior in high school on a team that went to the state finals three out of four years, winning the championship twice.

Second, she played four years of field hockey at Kent State, graduating in 1999 with a degree in criminal justice.

Third, she has been an assistant coach with the Roosevelt field hockey team the past three years.

And finally, she recently became a juvenile probation officer in Portage County juvenile court.

So Schumm has all her bases covered: she's an accomplished field hockey athlete, she is extremely familiar with the Roosevelt field hockey program and its current players, and she has a deep understanding of teenagers from virtually all walks of life.

Therefore, it was a no-brainer that Schumm was chosen as the Rough Riders' new field hockey head coach earlier this summer, replacing K.C. Nemec, who left after one year at the helm to become an assistant at Miami of Ohio.

"Once I had been there a couple years, (becoming the head coach) was obviously something I wanted to do," said Schumm, who served under former coach Kristen Kalinowski for two years and Nemec last season. "Timing-wise, I was patient. I didn't know when and how soon, and when I got the chance I thought, 'Hey, I'll try it.'

"I did learn from both of the coaches prior to me. As an assistant, you always have a few ideas on how to do things a little differently. K.C.'s style was like night and day from Kristen's, and mine is different from theirs. And it's nice having coached all these girls before. They know me and they know what I'm about and what I expect. It's been a very smooth transition, actually."

Roosevelt athletic director John Nemec was impressed with Schumm's field hockey credentials.

"She has a lot of experience," he said. "She's been our JV coach for the past three years and she was a player at Kent State. We're real excited to have her on because she has the experience and maturity necessary for that position."

And she's getting more experience and maturity by the day _ as a juvenile probation officer, skills she can also apply as a coach.

"I'm used to dealing with people their age, and a lot of teenagers are going through the same stuff," said Schumm, a native of the Buffalo, N.Y., area. "I work with kids all day long and I can talk with almost any kid. I always see the bad kids (as a probation officer), so it's nice to go to practice and see kids who want to do something positive and want to see me.

"But I'm glad it's like that because I don't see things from just one side. This way I can tell if kids on my team are headed in the wrong direction, and I can tell my kids on probation that there are things they can do that are positive and that can improve their lives."

Therefore, Schumm is much more than just a coach to her Rough Riders.

"I can see the big picture, where these kids might be headed," she said. "By playing field hockey, they're getting physical exercise, they're staying out of trouble three hours a day, and playing sports builds self-esteem.

"And they know they can talk to me. There's a fine line between being a coach and being a friend, but they know I'm not unapproachable. I am their coach and there are rules, but it's not a dictatorship. I'm just not a negative person. I like to stress the positives and keep the kids confident."

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