— Two reasons predominated in the decision of St. John’s senior
basketball player Madilynn Schulte to pick the University of
Northwestern Ohio to play college basketball in the National Association
of Intercollegiate Athletics.
“One, they offer a great business
program for me to eventually study mortuary science. Two, they have an
up-and-coming athletic program,” the daughter of Todd and Amy Schulte
recalled during her national letter-of-intent signing Thursday
The fact that it is so close to her home is another
important part of the equation as she will join a Lady Racer team that
just finished head coach Mike Armbruster’s second season at the helm at
13-18, 10-12 in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.
was also big for me; it saves on the money to go to college, as well as
the time and travel going back and forth that you would have if I went
farther away,” she continued. “I am excited about this opportunity to
play college basketball; it’s hard to put into words for this. I’ve
worked hard on my game to get this chance. I can’t wait.”
The only two other schools that were in the mix, according to Schulte, were Defiance College and Bluffton University.
already know their off-season schedule that starts in April: every
Friday afternoon and Wednesday morning, they have their program,” she
added. “Thankfully, it isn’t too far away, so I can get an early jump on
Armbruster liked the qualities he saw in Schulte.
she is a Northwest Ohio girl. You know when you’re dealing with a
Northwest Ohio kid, they are going to be feisty, tough and have a good
work ethic that has gotten them to this point,” he began. “Two, she has
the Schulte name and with the kind of athletic prowess that her family
has, she fits right in to what we’re trying to do here.”
As always, there will be a transition period, which Armbruster fully expects.
are two major areas for any freshman making that jump from high school
to college. The first is the physical maturity and strength,” he added.
“They have to get used to playing 30 games a year and learn to play
against and with girls that have been in the college weight room for
four years; she will be 18 going against 21 and 22 year olds.
second is defense. You have to adjust to the speed of the game,
learning how to keep the player they are guarding in front and things of
that nature. That will be the main focus of the off-season and summer
for her and us working with her.”