Denison University’s 178th Commencement took place on Saturday, May 18. Watch the ceremony in its entirety including commencement keynote speaker Jennifer Garner ’94.
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.