Joe Schad (born c. 1974) joined ESPN in 2005 after a career as a sports writer. Schad currently works as ESPN's National College Football Reporter and appears on shows such as: Sportscenter, College Football Live, GameDay, First Take, and ESPNEWS. Schad has provided college football news and notes for SportsCenter. In addition, Schad writes news stories and has blogged for ESPN.com. Schad also hosted a college football show for ESPN Radio and has done sideline reporting for ESPN, ABC and ESPN Radio. In 2010-11, 11-12 and 12-13, Schad broadcast more than 60 games for ESPN Radio, including the Orange Bowl, Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Sugar Bowl and BCS National Championship Game.
Schad is known for leading the nation in breaking news, including underclassmen declaring for the NFL draft as well as reporting numerous coaches who have been hired or fired, players who have transferred and coaching contract extensions. Schad reports feature stories and sitdown conversations for shows like College GameDay, SportsCenter and Outside The Lines. Some of Schad's more notable interview subjects are Urban Meyer, Pete Carroll, Mack Brown, Bobby Bowden, Joe Paterno, Tim Tebow, Steve Spurrier, Jake Locker, Sam Bradford, Bobby Petrino and Tyrann Mathieu. Schad has reported on several NCAA investigations including ones into Reggie Bush, Cam Newton, Marvin Austin, Rhett Bomar, Florida State, Tennessee, North Carolina, Michigan and Oregon.
Early life and career
Schad grew up in Glendale, New York and graduated in 1992 from St. Francis Preparatory in Fresh Meadows, Queens and in 1997 from St. John's University earning a degree in Journalism. While a student at St. John's, Schad was the Editor In Chief and Sports Editor of St. John's student-managed newspaper, The Torch. He was also the Sports Director of WSJU, St. John's official radio station. Schad was recognized with several journalism awards during his collegiate career from the APSE and FSWA.
In 1999, Schad left New York and began working as a beat writer and general assignment reporter for the Orlando Sentinel/Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel where he covered the University of Florida. During his tenure at the Sentinel, he broke numerous football and men's basketball stories including: a gambling scandal, street brawl, transfers, drug suspensions, accusations of rape, players turning pro and coaching hires. He covered Steve Spurrier, Ron Zook and Billy Donovan.
In 2003, Schad began covering the Miami Dolphins for the Palm Beach Post where he garnered national attention for his work on the first report of Ricky Williams' drug use and an FBI investigation into hate mail sent to several prominent athletes, including 2007 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Jason Taylor.
Schad currently resides in Plantsville, CT.