Schimke, 29, will be entering his 11th season with the Swarm in 2018-19 as the Director of Media & Lacrosse Relations. Schimke joined the Swarm as intern in 2009 when he was a sophomore at the University of Minnesota. After spending three seasons as an intern, Schimke was hired full-time with team in the fall of 2011. Since becoming a full-time employee, Schimke has been promoted twice. He started out as the Swarm’s Media Relations Coordinator (2011) and was previously the Swarm’s Media & Lacrosse Relations Manager (2013).
On the Media & Marketing side of the business, Schimke oversees the Swarm’s digital content on georgiaswarm.com, its social media channels, and the team’s outbound marketing initiatives. He also serves as the main team contact for both national and local media members. In 2017-18, Schimke managed the Swarm’s Concert Series which featured acts such as Ludacris, 2 Chainz, Scotty McCreery, Lifehouse, Thompson Square and the North Point Inside Out Band.
On the operations side, Schimke manages team travel (flights, team hotels, practice arrangements), player appearances, and assists with player scouting and transactions. In addition, Schimke also directs all of the Swarm youth lacrosse programs, including the team’s Jr. Swarm program.
In the local community, Schimke is actively involved with organizations such as the Atlanta Sports Council and Gwinnett Sports Commission to help further advance the sport of lacrosse in the metro Atlanta area. In 2016, he served on the Outreach Committee for the ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championships.
During his time in Minnesota, Schimke served a Committee Member on the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce’s YPro organization. YPro connects young leaders throughout the Twin Cities to Minnesota’s largest business network through engaging events. He was also chosen as one of 50 business leaders across the East Metro to participate in Leadership Saint Paul in 2015.
Schimke’s promotion to Director in 2013 was featured in both the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal and Sports Business Daily. Following the 2013 Swarm season, Schimke was named the Swarm’s Front Office MVP at the age of 24.
Schimke attended Eastview H.S. (Apple Valley, Minn.) and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Professional Journalism. While in college, Schimke spent a semester studying at one of the nation’s only Sports Media programs at Oklahoma State University. At OSU, Schimke was a football beat writer with the school’s newspaper, the Daily O’Collegian, an honor roll student and worked in live sports productions, which included time with ESPN College Gameday.
In his free time, Schimke enjoys spending time with his family and friends, traveling, writing, photography, attending sporting events, and golfing. He also enjoys cheering on the Cowboys (OSU and the Dallas Cowboys) every football season. Schimke currently enjoys being a homeowner in Lawrenceville.