Kevin Schnepf, Published November 19 2010
Where are they now?: Schroeder (Stencel) now assists others as a coachIt has been 14 years since Pam (Stencel) Schroeder has played college volleyball. Yet, she remains the all-time assists leader for North Dakota State’s volleyball program.
“As long as I’m still remembered, that’s good,” said Schroeder, who recently finished her seventh season as the assistant volleyball coach at Wisconsin-Stout.
“It’s been very fulfilling,” Schroeder said of her coaching career. “I can’t get enough volleyball.”
When she isn’t coaching, Schroeder keeps busy in the summer running volleyball camps throughout Minnesota. She also still plays competitively for a club team that has come close to reaching a national tournament.
Schroeder does all this while being a stay-at-home mom. She and her husband Brian, who played baseball at NDSU, have a six-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl.
Schroeder is expecting their third child in a couple of weeks.
“Being a stay-at-home mom fits into our lifestyle,” Schroeder said. “I only coach volleyball and basically raise the kids in the gym.”
Schroeder spent plenty of time in the gym growing up in Marshall, Minn. She was recruited to play at NDSU by Jolyn Montgomery, played her first two seasons for Carolyn Eide, helping the Bison advance to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16 her freshman year. She finished her career for coach Zaundra Bina.
The two-time All-American setter ended her Bison career with 5,408 assists – which still ranks first, nearly 600 assists ahead of NDSU’s No. 2-ranked setter.
Twice, Schroeder produced 73 assists in a match and once produced 70 assists in a match.
“It was awesome … I wouldn’t trade those four years at all,” Schroeder said. “I would love to have had a couple more years at NDSU. It goes way too fast.
“That’s the one thing I’m trying to instill into my athletes … to enjoy their time in college. Because it really does go way too fast.”