Caledonia's Brent Schroeder is the only one of the four finalists for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse head football coaching job without college experience, but what he has at the high school level is undeniable.
Schroeder was on campus Friday for his interview and open forum. One of his key speaking points focused on creating a similar culture at UW-L to the one he's established at Caledonia High School - a program that has won four state titles in his six years as coach.
Additionally, Schroeder has a business owner mentality, and has surrounded himself with an elaborate support system within the football program and community.
He hopes to carry that style to campus, and ultimately build another well-run organization.
"The tools and resources that you learn, the little tid-bits that you learn along the way, that's what makes you a complete person," Schroeder said. "I'm a school of hard knocks type of guy, I've learned most things the hard way unfortunately. Hopefully now I'm starting to get a litttle smarter and learn from some mistakes and move forward that way. Every little tool that you put in your tool belt is something you can take to work every day and I think it's going to be very useful in this position."
UW-L is expected to make a decision for its next head coach within the next week.