Football head coach Dan Enos announced Thursday the hiring of Reed Schuitema as CMU’s new director of football operations.
“Reed will bring a lot of experience to this role,” Enos said. “When I spoke with the coaches he has worked for, each one raved about his strong work ethic and loyalty to the program. The director of operations is a critical position for CMU football and I think Reed has the ability to make an immediate impact on our program.”
Schuitema replaces Plas Presnell, who retired in January after 31 seasons at Central Michigan. Athletic Communications said in a press release Thursday that Schuitema’s hiring is part of an overall reorganization of the football operations department.
“I’m from the state and very familiar with CMU football and the success they have had over the years,” Schuitema said. ”They are a successful program, (and) I like to be a part of programs that have success.”
Enos and Schuitema have previously worked together at Michigan State University.
After graduation, Enos joined the Michigan State football coaching staff as a graduate assistant, staying there from 1991-93, while Schuitema served as a graduate assistant in MSU’s football operations.
“I have nothing but a tremendous amount of respect for coach Enos, and personally, I know what kind of person he is and what kind of coach he is, so I want to be a part of his staff,” Schuitema said.
There is an additional position that has been created to work alongside Schuitema with a primary focus on recruiting and player development.
“The way college football is going, there are so many things off the field in terms of social media (and) the acceleration of the recruiting process,” Schuitema said. “The way recruiting has gotten, it will be good to have another person to help with the other things that are involved in recruiting.”
Schuitema comes to CMU from fellow Mid-American Conference school, Miami University, where he was the director of football operations for the last three years. Schuitema handled responsibilities on-and-off the field including team travel, camps, special events, game-day operations and recruiting as a member of Don Treadwell’s staff, but began looking for a new position after Treadwell’s departure following the 2013 season.
“My situation was up in the air, so I started to reach out to people that I knew, the timing worked and (Enos) let me know when Presnell stepped down, the timing was impeccable,” Schuitema said.
A native of Muskegon, Schuitema earned his bachelor’s degree in human resource management from Michigan State in 2009 and his master’s from MSU in 2010 with a degree in sports administration.