Ladyjacks' Schneider leaving for Kansas job

From SFA Athletics

NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Stephen F. Austin head women's basketball coach Brandon Schneider has announced his resignation as the Ladyjacks' head basketball coach. Schneider leaves SFA to become the head women's basketball coach at the University of Kansas.

"Making the move to a Big 12 university says so much about how Brandon has built the SFA program," said Athletic Director Robert Hill. "He has definitely made an impact at SFA and in the Southland Conference and there is no doubt he will do the same at Kansas. Our job is going to be so much more attractive to potential candidates because of Brandon and we wish him and his family only the best."

"I want to thank Dr. Pattillo, Robert Hill, the SFA Board of Regents and the Nacogdoches community for giving our family the opportunity to lead the Ladyjack basketball program for the past five years," Schneider said. "We've built friendships and cultivated relationships that we hope will last a lifetime. I want to wish the Ladyjacks and the rest of the SFA athletic department the very best as they continue to pursue Southland Conference championships."

Schneider posted a 95-66 record during his five seasons in Nacogdoches, including a 57-29 mark in Southland Conference play. Under his guidance, the Ladyjacks captured back-to-back SLC regular season titles in 2013-14 and 2014-15, capturing the outright title in 2014-15 with a 16-2 SLC mark, the best SFA finish since the 2001-02 season.

The Ladyjacks eclipsed the 20-win plateau three times during Schneider's tenure, making a pair of postseason appearances. SFA advanced to the championship game of the 2014 WBI tournament and qualified for the 2015 WNIT, falling to Big XII foe TCU in Fort Worth.

The 2014-15 Southland Conference Coach of the Year, Schneider mentored a handful of All-SLC Players during his time in Nacogdoches, including 2014-15 SLC Player of the Year Porsha Roberts, who was also a two-time Defensive Player of the Year. He helped guide Tammara Marion to a pair of All-SLC honors in both 2011 and 2012 with Roberts, Taylor Ross (second team) and Tierany Henderson (third team) earning all-conference honors in 2015. Roberts also garnered all conference honors in 2013 and 2014 and took home the SLC Freshman of the Year award in 2012.

Prior to his time at SFA, Schneider spent 12 seasons at Emporia State in Emporia, Kansas, posting a 306-72 record and capturing the 2010 NCAA Division II national championship. He guided his team to the NCAA Division II Tournament 11 times during his stint with the Lady Hornets.

A nationwide search for the next SFA head women's basketball coach will begin immediately.