College Sports Solutions

Jeff SchemmelFounder & President

Jeff Schemmel
Areas of expertise
  • Strategic Planning
  • Executive Searches
  • Operational Review
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Multimedia Rights
  • Pouring Rights
  • Naming Rights
  • Title IX/Gender Equity
  • J.D., Washburn University School of Law
  • B.S., Political Science, Kansas State University

Jeff Schemmel is the founder and president of College Sports Solutions (CSS), a leading full-service and integrated provider of collegiate athletic consulting, strategies and solutions to universities and intercollegiate conferences. Schemmel launched CSS in 2013 and oversees all areas of operations including new business development, all intercollegiate and athletic consulting services, and management of CSS’s team of industry-leading consultants. Prior to founding CSS, Schemmel was instrumental in launching the college division of JMI Sports. He has brought many of those same services and consultants with him to CSS.

Schemmel possesses over 32 years of intercollegiate athletics management experience. A former athletic director, he has served in key leadership positions within the NCAA, the Mountain West Conference and Conference USA, and at schools in the Big 12, Big Ten, and Pac-12 conferences.

Schemmel was Director of Athletics at San Diego State University. During his tenure, he negotiated the school’s first comprehensive apparel/equipment contract with Nike and the first marketing/media contract and was responsible for hiring and retaining many of the school’s successful coaches and administrators. He served as chair of the NCAA Division I Championship and Sports Management Cabinet.

Jeff has served in key leadership positions within the NCAA, the Mountain West Conference and Conference USA, and at schools in the Big 12, Big Ten, and Pac-12 conferences.

Prior to that, Schemmel was Associate Commissioner for Governance and Legal Affairs at Conference USA, where he was involved in the negotiation of the league’s broadcast rights contracts and was a member of the NCAA Division I Management Council. In 2003, Schemmel served at Arizona State University as Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Development for the ASU Foundation.  Schemmel served 13 years at the University of Minnesota, the last 10 of those years as Senior Associate Athletic Director/COO. He was responsible for all day-to-day operations and directed NCAA and Big Ten Conference Championships hosted by the University. He was executive director of the Twin Cities Organizing Committee for the 2001 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four.

Schemmel holds a Juris Doctor from Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas and earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Kansas State University, where he was an NCAA Champion in track & field. He began his athletics administration career in 1988 at his alma mater, serving as Associate Athletic Director for Development and Compliance. Prior to that time, he practiced law for ten years in Topeka, Kansas, with specialties in corporate and sports law.

In the News

  • SBJ Recognizes Schemmel as College Power Player

    The Sports Business Journal (SBJ) recently recognized CSS President and Founder Jeff Schemmel as a Power Player in College Sports. Schemmel was one of 63 individuals recognized across the collegiate sports industry. The following is an excerpt from the article highlighting Schemmel: The former athletic director at San Diego State has built a firm that

    July 29, 2019
  • Sandee Mott named TWU director of athletics

    Nov. 14, 2019 — DENTON — Texas Woman’s University announced today that Sandee Mott will become the university’s next athletic director effective January 2, 2020. During her 26-year career in intercollegiate athletics as a coach and administrator, Mott has held a variety of positions, primarily with NCAA Division II colleges. Additionally, she has held key leadership

    November 14, 2019
  • College Sports Solutions Assists the University of Northern Colorado in Hire of Ed McCaffrey as Football Head Coach

    College Sports Solutions recently assisted the University of Northern Colorado with a head football coaching search, which resulted in the hiring of Ed McCaffrey. From a release by University of Northern Colorado: Northern Colorado football has hired three-time Super Bowl Champion Ed McCaffrey as the 16th head coach of the program. McCaffrey brings 13 years of professional

    December 12, 2019

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