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Bear Tracks - Vincent Schroder

posted May 15, 2013, 2:42 PM by Tahoma Football

In our weekly "Bear Tracks" feature, we catch up with a Tahoma Football alumnus and find out what they are doing after graduation.

At a school that has traditionally prided itself on running the ball effectively, it is no small feat to be ranked among the all-time school greats in that category. The 2002 football season was a prime example of that tradition, as the Bears amassed the third best rushing season in the record books. As a team, they rushed for over 215 yards per game, and running back Vincent Schroder was a key cog in that attack.

Schroder’s season currently stands as the third-best rushing season in Tahoma history. In a season shortened by injuries (he missed a game and a half with a concussion, and missed another game with a separated shoulder), Schroder finished with 1,040 yards on 187 carries, averaging over 5.5 yards per carry. In addition, his 12 TD’s puts him 5th on the school’s all-time scoring list. In one game alone, Schroder carried the ball 28 times for an incredible 235 yards and 5 touchdowns.

His success on the field and in the classroom earned Schroder an opportunity to continue playing football at Jamestown College. Unfortunately, his career was cut short by a freak knee injury. In spite of this misfortune, Schroder points out that it taught him a valuable lesson about football and sports: “One injury can take it all away and all you have is the memories. So take it all in and build those bonds with your teammates and coaches.”

In addition to playing football, lacrosse and running track at Tahoma, Schroder developed an ability to “interact with citizens, be able to think outside the box, and get jobs complete.” These skills have helped him succeed in his current career with the City of Bellevue as a lead worker in the Street Maintenance Department.

The lessons he learned have also stayed all these years after graduating. “Never give up on your goals and dreams,” he suggests, “and you’re only as strong as your weakest link.” Schroder continues to pass on those dreams to the next generation of Tahoma football players by volunteering as a coach with the Maple Valley Youth Football program.

Football also taught Schroder “to enjoy the moment, because when it’s over, it’s over.” At the end of the day, he says, football is great, but the relationships with teammates and coaches, he says, are what matter when you’re done with the game. “Some of my favorite memories are with Coach Curtis Bogan.”

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