Athletic Director / Head Football Coach
Derek Schlieve came to Baird ISD as the Athletic Director / Head Football Coach on July 1 st , 2020.
In his first year as Athletic Director and Head Football Coach he was blessed with the opportunity to oversee many accomplishments in the athletic department at Baird ISD. The Bears qualified for the UIL playoffs in football for the first time since 2016, saw a runner on the boys’ cross country team advance to the state cross country meet for the first time in school history, saw the track team send seven athletes to the regional meet in 12 different events, saw the girls’ tennis team win the district title and sent every varsity member of that team to the regional tennis meet, saw the school play a JH baseball game for the first time in school history, saw the JH girls softball team play a game for the first time in school history, saw the boys golf team advance to the regional golf meet, saw the baseball team win the district championship, bi-district championship, regional quarter final champs and make a trip to the sweet sixteen in baseball (while also getting ranked in the states’ 1A baseball top 10 poll on multiple occasions), and the year ended as Coach Schlieve was selected to be the linebackers coach in the FCA All Star Football Game at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene, Texas.
Year two at Baird saw the Bears Athletic Department continue with the momentum that had been created in year one. The Bears football team went 6-3, the boys’ cross country team had a runner advance to the state cross country meet for the second consecutive year, the boys basketball team qualified for the playoffs and were bi-district champions, the girls basketball team qualified for the playoffs, the track team again sent seven athletes to the regional track meet, the girls’ tennis team won the district tennis title and sent five members to the regional tennis meet, the boys golf team won the district championship and advanced to the regional golf meet, the baseball team again won the district championship, and the girls’ softball team had a four game winning streak. The year ended with Coach Schlieve being named the Big Country West FCA Huddle 2022 Coach of the Year.
Coach Schlieve came to Baird ISD from Clarksville ISD, a 2A school in Northeast Texas, where he was also the Athletic Director / Head Football Coach and lead the Tiger Football Team to the Playoffs and oversaw the entire athletic department which also saw the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams make the playoffs and both teams advance in postseason play. The spring sports did not get a chance to advance as their seasons were cut short due to the Corona Virus Pandemic.
Prior to Clarksville ISD, he was the Athletic Director / Head Football Coach at Saint Jo ISD in Saint Jo, Texas. Coach Schlieve spent two years at Saint Jo ISD. In his first year at Saint Jo ISD the district saw many changes and a great deal of improvement across the entire athletic department. The football program won as many games in year one as they had the previous two years combined. The volleyball program went three rounds deep in the playoffs, the cross country team sent a runner to the state cross country meet, the girls basketball program improved on their win total from the previous year, the boys basketball team made it to the playoffs for the first time in seven years, the baseball team won eight games (with every one of their wins over a playoff qualifier), they were also the district co-champs, bi-district champions (winning their first baseball playoff game since 1983), regional quarter final champions, and advanced to the regional semifinals (the first team in the history of Saint Jo ISD to do so), the track team sent 10 athletes to the regional track meet, the girls golf team qualified for regionals, the boys golf team had the district silver medalist, and the tennis team sent an athlete to regionals. All in all, year one at Saint Jo ISD was very successful. Following up on that success, the second year at Saint Jo ISD has seemed to take the momentum from year one and add to it. Year two at Saint Jo ISD saw Panther Athletics take off at a record breaking pace. The volleyball program advanced to the regional finals and took one step further than any team in the history of Saint Jo ISD by making the “elite eight” for the entire state of 1A Texas volleyball. The football team finished the year with and 8-2 record and also played 3 three varsity opponents with the sub varsity team and came away victorious in all three of those games. The cross country team sent a runner to the state cross country meet and that runner came home with a top 10 finish. The girls’ basketball team made it to the playoffs. The boys’ basketball team also made the playoffs and advanced all the way to the regional quarter-finals. The baseball team started the season ranked in the top 10 in the state in multiple pre-season polls. On top of all of this, the track team hosted a JH meet, which was the first track meet hosted at Saint Jo in over 20 years.
Coach Schlieve went to Saint Jo ISD from Trent ISD in Trent, Texas. Coach Schlieve spent one year at Trent ISD and during that year he was been able to help the football team break a 714 day losing streak and the baseball team break a 4 year losing streak.
Prior to being named the Athletic Director at Trent ISD he was at Lefors ISD in Lefors, Texas where he was the AD / Head Football Coach. In his one year as AD / Head Football Coach at Lefors ISD, Coach Schlieve lead the Pirate Football Program as they won the Inaugural Amarillo Kickoff Classic, finished as District Runners-up, Bi-District Champs, and Regional Finalists.
Prior to being named the AD / Head Football Coach at Lefors ISD he was the Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator at Spring Hill ISD (4A) located in Longview, Texas.
Coach Schlieve came down to Texas from Mayville State University which is located in Mayville, North Dakota. While at Mayville State University, Coach Schlieve was the Head Football Coach from 2011 – 2013. Schlieve inherited a program that had gone 13 – 87 in their previous 100 games. In three short years, the Mayville State Comets were able to go from that record to a 7-win season and a trip to the conference championship game. This win total also gave Mayville State Football its first winning season in over 23 years. The seven wins also put the Comet Football program over .500 (17-16) for the tenure of Coach Schlieve. This .515 winning percentage gives him the second highest winning percentage in the program’s 110-year history.
Coach Schlieve started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Wahpeton Public Schools (ND). After a one-year stint at Wahpeton, he was named defensive coordinator at Pillager Public Schools (MN). Following a one-year stint as defensive coordinator at Pillager, he was named the head football coach at Pillager Public Schools and remained there for three seasons. In September of 2005, Schlieve was named the State of Minnesota football coach of the week. After being a head high school coach for three seasons he returned to Mayville State to coach the defensive line in the spring of 2007. After completing his masters’ degree, Schlieve left for one year and was the offensive coordinator at Beulah Public Schools (ND) before returning to Mayville State to be the Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator.
Coach Schlieve earned his bachelors’ degree from Mayville State University. He graduated magna cum laude in 2002 with a major in elementary education and a minor in coaching. He earned his master’s degree in sports management from St. Cloud State University in 2007, also graduating with magna cum laude honors.
Coach Schlieve was a four-year letter winner in college and he was twice named Academic All-Conference (DAC-10) and once named Academic All American (NAIA). He also played in the National All Star Bowl at the linebacker position in Minneapolis, Minnesota after his senior season.
Coach Schlieve has been a part of several successful program rebuilds, in multiple sports, and realizes that program building is a total team effort. He has been blessed to have worked with many great coaches as they built programs together. This is evidenced by the fact that six of Coach Schlieve’s former assistant coaches have gone on to become athletic directors at the high school level, one of his former assistants has gone on to become an athletic director at the college level, and one of his former assistant coaches has gone on to work in the NFL as an equipment manager.
Coach Schlieve resides in Baird with his beautiful wife Sarah (who is a teacher at Baird ISD and the Head Track Coach) and their four children Camdyn, Xavier, Lincoln, and Kingsley.