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Larry Scheiderer has been at Denison since 1992, first as the Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation for 20 years and most recently as the Director of Athletic Operations.
During Scheiderer’s time as director of athletics, Denison has won 11 North Coast Athletic Conference All-Sports Championship, which is a league record. In addition, Denison has finished in the top-three of the NCAC All-Sports standings for 14 consecutive years. Under Scheiderer’s direction, DU captured 86 conference team championships, and two NCAA Division III national championships.
The 2010-11 season culminated in Denison’s 12th NCAC All-Sports Championship following seven conference championships in men’s and women’s swimming & diving, women’s basketball, softball, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse and women’s tennis. Women’s soccer and women’s tennis would both advance to the NCAA Division III national quarterfinals (Elite 8) and the men’s swimming & diving team won the national championship in dramatic fashion.
During his final 12 years Denison posted five top-20 finishes in the annual Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, an honor that recognizes success in NCAA postseason competition. In 2005-06, Denison peaked with a 16th place finish in the Directors’ Cup race and the college has never placed lower than 45th out of more than 400 NCAA Division III institutions.
A native of Marysville, Ohio, Scheiderer is a 1977 graduate of Ohio University with a B.S. in education. He completed his master’s degree at Central Michigan University, and holds a Ph.D. from Ohio University.
Sally joined the Department of Communication August 2007. She has been at Denison for 17 years working in the Department of Art, Geology and Geography, Environmental Studies and Women's Studies. She has helped out in the International Studies Department, Dance Department and the History Department. From 1996 through January 2000, she was a part-time employee of the American Economic Association in Nashville, TN. Sally served as assistant to the chair, Dr. Robin Bartlett, for the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession. She concurrently served as the administrative assistant to CCOFFE (Creating Career Opportunities For Female Economists). She also assisted Robin Bartlett with IAFFE (International Association For Feminist Economics).
Sally has a B.S.Ed from Ohio University. Her husband, Larry, is now Director of Athletic Facilities, after serving for twenty years as Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation Director at Denison University. They have two grown sons, Jason (wife Amanda) and Jared. She also has one grandson, Graham.
Senior Associate Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation Lynn Schweizer brings 40 years of experience in athletics to Denison University. As part of her athletic administrative role, Schweizer serves as the North Coast Athletic Conference administrative liaison to the both the Swimming and Diving Committee, and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
In addition to assisting with the intercollegiate athletics program, Schweizer also serves as Denison’s Director of Club Sports and Intramurals. One of the model recreation programs in Division III, approximately 700 students participate in Denison’s offering of 32 club sports. Additionally, over 30 percent of the student body competes annually in Denison’s extensive intramural sports program.
Schweizer has been honored frequently throughout her distinguished career but in 2004 she was selected as one of 20 Sports Ethics Fellows by the Institute for International Sports. The Sports Ethics Fellows were chosen for ability to inspire and motivate others to make sports a positive, character building experience for every athlete.
Prior to moving into an administrative role, Schweizer spent over 15 years as a coach in the Denison athletic department. She began her coaching career in 1973 as the head women's basketball coach, a position she held until 1980. From 1974 through 1985 she served as the head women's swimming coach and from 1974-86 she held the title of head women’s diving coach. Denison has grown into one of the top swimming and diving programs in the nation and Schweizer played a large role in the development of the men’s and women’s program’s in the 70s and 80s.
In 1983 Schweizer coached a record six Denison athletes to the Division III national championship meet in Canton, Ohio. That year Nancy Dunn became Denison's first national champion (in any sport) when she won the 50-yard butterfly. In 1986 Schweizer was named the NCAA Women’s National Diving Coach of the Year after coaching Natalie Gibbs and Tiffany Jeisel to a pair of All-American performances at the Division III Championship. Schweizer also coached the men’s diving team from 1984-86 and at the 1986 national championship, Rob Burnett became the first male All-American diver in school history. Additionally, Schweizer coached Denison's synchronized swimming teams from 1974-79. In the fall of 2010, Schweizer was inducted into the Denison Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame.
Schweizer was instrumental in the development of the Physical Education program at Denison, serving as the department chair for 19 years from 1985 through 2004. Part of Schweizer's administrative role has included serving on many committees to further develop and improve not only the athletics program but the educational aspect, as well. During her tenure, she has served on over 40 campus committees and currently serves on the Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics (CIA); Eating Disorder Intervention Team (EDIT); CARE Advocate; Denison Student-Athlete Advisory Council (DSAAC); Varsity D Association Athletic Hall of Fame; APER Facilities Committee; and the University Signage Committee.
In addition to her work on various campus committees, Schweizer is active in the local community and has been the chair of the American Red Cross Water Safety board for Licking County for over 20 years. In 2002, she was awarded the Licking County Red Cross Outstanding Community Achievement Award for her 35 plus years as a volunteer for the Red Cross.
Schweizer earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Ohio University in 1971, and went on to receiver her master’s in physical education from The Ohio State University in 1980.
Maureen earned a B.S. in business administration from Ohio Dominican University. She joined the Denison staff in 2008. She facilitates relationships between donors and students through maintained scholarships. Maureen has worked in stewardship and volunteer-coordination roles for the last 10 years, after working in the telecommunications field with network design and major account management roles.
Ashley Shaffer has been employed as the Denison track & field assistant coach since the fall of 2011. The Lancaster, Ohio native served as the 2011 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field intern for the championship meet hosted by her alma mater Ohio Wesleyan University. Her duties included helping with meet set-up and management, and organizing meet workers. Shaffer also completed, organized and filed all purchase orders.
Prior to her NCAA internship, she earned her master’s degree at Muskingum University in 2010. While serving as a graduate assistant for the Muskies, Shaffer coached a four-time national qualifier in the triple jump. She also assisted in the training of cross country athletes.
Shaffer earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2008. The product of Lancaster High School was a five-time national qualifier, and earned All-American honors in the Heptathlon in 2007. She was a 31-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference selection, a 13-time conference champion, and was named NCAC Indoor Sprint/Hurdle MVP in 2005 and 2006.
Ginny earned a B.A. in geology from Denison and worked in banking for several years. She returned to her alma mater in 2007, after more than 15 years of extensive volunteer work, including fundraising, event planning and public relations. In her role as media relations manager, Ginny handles the college's news and events releases, contributes content to TheDEN website, answers inquiries from and pitches story ideas to the media, and works in cooperation with departments across campus to help publicize their activities and events.
Diane earned her bachelor’s degree in consumer relations from The Ohio State University. After working several accounting and office management positions in the for-profit arena, Diane joined the Denison development office in 1998. During the last 15 years, she has worked as the planned giving program assistant and as one of the coordinators of the 50th reunion program.
A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Patrick came to Denison from Japan, where he has most recently been involved in several high-end film, video and photography projects. He is an honors graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., and holds an Advanced Diploma of Film from the International Film School Sydney in Australia. Patrick is a former captain in the Signal Corps of the U.S. Army. Along with shooting and editing institutional video and still photography, he is responsible for developing multimedia strategies for the college’s online properties and social media channels.
P.J. Soteriades has been employed by Denison as its head field hockey coach since the fall of 2000. Since then she has gone on to become the program’s all-time winningest coach and the program’s longest tenured coach.
In 2011, Soteriades was named regional and conference Coach of the Year after leading Denison to an 18-2 record, its first North Coast Athletic Conference title since 2000, and its first-ever NCAC Tournament crown.
A 2000 graduate of Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational communication, Soteriades has gained considerable field hockey experience at the college level. After competing for Mid-American Conference champion and NCAA Tournament participant Ball State University as a first-year student, Soteriades completed her collegiate career as a three-year member of the Ohio University Bobcat varsity squad.
Included among her honors at Ohio University was being selected to serve as team captain during her senior season. A Dean's List student, Soteriades was also the recipient of OU's Scholar-Athlete Award, and she earned membership in Lambda Pi Eta, the national communication honor society.
In addition to her role as head field hockey coach, Soteriades also serves as the advisor to the Denison Student Athlete Advisory Council.