Name: Scott Schrimscher
Program: Movement Science
Graduation Year: 2011
Current Job Title: Director of Global Program Operations, EXOS
What have you done since you graduated?
After graduating I moved out to Arizona and began working as a performance coach for EXOS. My experience includes working with a diverse range of athletes, at levels ranging from youth athletes to olympians. Within a year I moved into a role with the Performance Innovation Team, where I led consulting projects with the US Military, SKLZ, Adidas, Precor, Intel, and Google which ranged from being the human performance subject matter expert to designing and delivering education to product development initiatives. I am currently the Director of Global Program Operations at EXOS where I lead the Health and Performance Program Operations for the EXOS at Google team, which includes a team of 500+ practitioners, 150 facilities, in 30 countries.
I met my wife, Corey, at the University of Michigan (also a Kinesiology Alum). We lived in Chicago, Illinois for 3 years while Corey completed her pediatric residency and we currently reside in Manhattan Beach, CA with their 5-year-old golden retriever, Chesney.
How has your Movement Science degree contributed to your success?
The University of Michigan has an academic rigor and reputation that is world-class. The core curriculum more than prepared me to step into a role as a performance coach. More than just the curriculum, the people and culture at the School of Kinesiology helped me discover how to problem solve, systematically structure my thinking, positively influence and impact others, and how to learn from failure. The curriculum, the people, and the culture are the real traits that have contributed to my success.
Tell me about your experience in the Movement Science program.
I had no idea what I wanted to do when I was an incoming first-year student-athlete at Michigan. I have always been a part of a team my entire life - from my family, to the community, to various sports teams - so I very quickly took to the strength and conditioning staff. My passion for being part of a team paired with a love for science and knowing how things work, I fell in love with Movement Science.
A teammate of mine, experienced a tragic accident that left his older brother paralyzed from the waist down with a 1% chance of ever walking again. For 2 full years, I witnessed the passion, willingness, scientific, and analytical approach to helping one individual become mobile again. I had the privilege of walking out of the tunnel with this individual and the team on August 31, 2010. It was that moment that I knew I wanted to make a positive impact on as many lives as I could.
The community, people, and students I met and interacted with kept me moving forward in a way that was meaningful and motivating and made me feel like I was a part of something bigger than myself.
The University of Michigan has an academic rigor and reputation that is world-class. The core curriculum more than prepared me to step into a role as a performance coach.
What is the best part about the school?
I was fortunate to be surrounded by incredible people during my time as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan. The expectations of a student-athlete at Michigan are immense. The people and culture that I was a part of instilled values that went far beyond the classroom. Discipline and resilience are two values, along with a lot of learning and failure along the way, that still guide me to be the best husband, leader, and person I can be today.
The people, professors, and community the school has created. Everyone has a shared experience of being at the University of Michigan and going through challenges together that truly prepares you for something that goes beyond just school, research, or professional school.
What would you like prospective students to know?
Be resilient and be adaptable. The world around us is changing rapidly and our “new normal” will look very different from our current normal. Maybe most importantly right now, know that you’re not alone. Embrace change with a growth mindset and know that you can always ask for help and trust that your fellow University of Michigan friends, professors, whoever will be there to support you. Don’t be afraid to fail; view failure as the opportunity to learn and adapt to your changing environment. The people you meet and the relationships you build at Michigan last a lifetime.