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Pacifics Schumann to head NCAA basketball committee

Ken Schumann begins his tenure as chair of the Division III men's basketball committee

Pacific University Director of Athletics Ken Schumann will wrap up his four year term on the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship Committee by taking over as the group's chair.

Schumann's tenure as chair of the committee begins on Sept. 1. In that role, he will oversee the group that develops policies and procedures governing the administration of the NCAA Division III men's basketball tournament, including site selection as well as evaluation and selection of the participating teams.

Schumann began his tenure as the committee's west region representative in 2008. Previously, he had served as a member of the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball West Region Advisory Committee from 2000 to 2004.

'It is a great honor for me to be selected to chair this important NCAA committee,' Schumann said. 'I am looking forward to working with the committee, the regional advisory committees, NCAA staff and the coaches and administrators in Division III to further enhance the championship experience for our student-athletes.'

As chair, Schumann will oversee the process of selecting sites and teams for the 2012 NCAA Division III men's basketball tournament, including determining pairings for the entire bracket.

During the season, he will lead the process of determining regional alignment and allocations as well as the publishing of regional rankings. As in his first three years with the committee, Schumann will also assist with on-site administration of tournament sites, including the Division III national championship game in Salem, Va.

'I am fortunate to follow a couple of great chairs in Charlie Brock and Dave Martin and I look forward to working with the talented individuals on this committee to build on the progress which has been made over the last few years in producing a top-quality championship,' Schumann said.

Schumann has a broad base of experience in basketball. Prior to becoming Pacific's director of athletics in 2004, Schumann spent 13 years as the school's head men's basketball coach.

The winningest coach in program history with 152 victories, Schumann was named the Northwest Conference Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1997 and was named the Little All-Northwest Coach of the Year in 1997.

Schumann led the Boxers to an appearance in the 1997 NAIA Division II men's basketball tournament, the school's first since 1940, and the 2000 NCAA Division III men's basketball tournament.