Dan Schmotzer arrived at Coker in 1987, becoming the fourth head men's basketball coach in since the program began in 1972. Schmotzer led Coker to a 21-8 record in his first year, the first ever 20-win season in school history since the joining the NAIA. The men's basketball team has recorded three 20-win seasons under Schmotzer.
Schmotzer's quick wit and fiery personality have made him well known throughout the campus and the local community. In 1993-94, Schmotzer was named Carolinas Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (CIAC) Men's Basketball Coach of the Year.
In addition to his coaching duties, Schmotzer is an assistant professor of physical education and serves as Coker's Indoor Facilities Director.
Schmotzer had a six year stint as head coach for the men's golf team from 1998 to 2003. He took over an already strong program and continued to see it grow under his direction where in his final season he was named Region Coach of the Year.
Prior to arriving at Coker, Schmotzer spent 10 years as assistant men's basketball coach at Texas Christian University. In Schmotzer's final season at Texas Christian, TCU was the #4 seed in the East Region of the 1987 NCAA Division I Tournament and came within one point of advancing to the "Sweet 16."
Schmotzer also served as a scouting representative for the Cleveland Cavaliers organization from 1983-85.
Schmotzer also coached and taught at the high school level, spending four years at Trinity High School in Ohio. In 1996, Schmotzer and his twin brother Dave were inducted into the Trinity High School Athletics Hall of Fame.
He played second base for the St. Edward's University baseball team and earned NAIA All-American honors. He earned his undergraduate degree from St. Edward's University and his master's from Texas Christian University.
Schmotzer is an avid golfer and enjoys spending time on the links during the off-season. During the summer of 1996, Schmotzer got to play a round of golf with professional golfer Johnny Miller and jazz musician Kenny G.
A native of Cleveland, Schmotzer is a die-hard fan of any team that still calls Cleveland "home". He is also a fan of Princeton basketball and former Princeton head coach Pete Carril.
Schmotzer says people would be surprised to find out that he is humble.