Receiving star Schminke returns to Central; football staff assignments revealed

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Tanner Schminke led Division III in receiving yards and TD receipts.

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All-American helped lead Central to 12-1 campaign; Bollard retires after 35 seasons

PELLA – An important part of Central College’s record-breaking football campaign in 2021 is the return to the Netherlands.

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Tanner Face Paint

Tanner Face Paint, who received first-team Division III All-America honors from the Associated Press and as a wide receiver, joins the staff as an assistant coach. He will work with defensive purposes.

Born in Boone, Iowa and graduating from Central in 2021, Schminke was principal golf coach for boys and girls at Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School last spring and has also been a golf course supervisor at Oakleaf Country Club in Reinbeck since March.

At Central, Schminke was part of two American Rivers championship clubs and helped the Dutch achieve a record 12-1 last fall, reach the NCAA Division III quarterfinals and finish with a No. 6 ranking. He led Division III in touchdown receptions (19) and receiving yards (1,536), fifth in receiving yards per game (118.2), 11th in scoring (114 points), and 16th in receptions per game (7, 2). His last-second TD reception gave Central a 30-28 walk-off NCAA second-round playoff triumph over Wheaton College (Ill.).

Schminke set school season records for most receiving yards and touchdown receptions, and is second in receiving yards in a game (255), season (19), and career (29). He ranks third in receiving career passes (163) and fourth in receiving yards (2,491).

Schminke, a roster for all first-team conferences in 2021, was named the Team of the Week twice last fall.

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Jeff Bolder

Human Resources Responsibilities Announced, Bollard Retiring—Most of the other coaching staff responsibilities will remain the same this fall. Associate head coach Ryan Maiuri is once again the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach while Mitch Shepherd is in his first year as a defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. Logan Emendorfer is coaching recipients, Logan Huinker works with running backs, Drew Sikkink coaches tight ends and Eric Jones coaches the offensive line. in defense, Seth Marburger coaches the defense line, Austin Mercer is coaching cornerbacks, Matt Paulsen works with protections and Collin Erickson coaches outside linebackers.

McMartin also announced that: Jeff Bolder, who was a part-time assistant coach for 35 years, has retired from coaching. Bollard, who most recently was the Dutch running backs coach, graduated from Central in 1989. The Pocahontas, Iowa native is also the vice president of information technology at Precision Pulley and Idler in Pella.

“I’ve been here as a player when Jeff was an assistant coach and now that I’ve been able to coach with him over the years it’s been a real pleasure to have him on our staff,” said McMartin. “He was a valued member of staff and also a great connection to Central’s past. He was always someone from whom I could get ideas and get a great perspective. We are delighted that he will still be there and I know we will see him at many matches.”

Also leaving are Cody Huismana 2014 graduate of Central who served seven seasons, and Kyle Peppera 2016 grad who served four years.

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