June 14, 2003
The Florida State Athletics Department has lost a dear member of its Seminole family. Matt Schmauch, 29, an Assistant Director for the Athletic Academic Support Program at Florida State, died Friday of heart failure in St. Louis, Mo.
A native of Allen Park, Mich., Schmauch was a member of the athletic academic support staff since 1996. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Florida State in 1995 and went on to receive a master’s degree in athletic administration from FSU in 1996.
Schmauch was the academic counselor for the FSU women’s basketball team and also served as the head football academic counselor and worked directly with the defensive football players. His duties included coordinating support services for the student-athletes including assigning tutors, assisting in course and major selection, teaching study skills and advising about eligibility requirements while monitoring their day-to-day academic responsibilities in an effort to ensure they maintain progress toward their degrees. He also participated in the recruitment process of all prospective student-athletes, served as the Eligibility Coordinator and was the liaison to the NCAA Clearinghouse for the FSU Academic Support Program.
A former student-athlete himself, Schmauch was a member and team captain of the Seminole men’s swimming team from 1994-96. During his career, Schmauch was an Atlantic Coast Conference finalist while achieving ACC Honor Roll status. An active member of the FSU Athletics department as a student-athlete, Schmauch was involved with the “Say No To Drugs” program and was also a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Board. He also worked as an intern with the Seminole Boosters while pursuing his master’s degree.
Schmauch is survived by his mother Janis and his brother Brien. Services will be announced as information becomes available.