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Originally published April 20, 2015 at 01:04p.m., updated April 20, 2015 at 01:11p.m.

Kansas announces Brandon Schneider as new KU women’s basketball coach

Stephen F. Austin coach Brandon Schneider during the first half of the Southland Conference basketball tournament championship game against the McNeese State Friday, March 9, 2012, in Katy, Texas.

Stephen F. Austin coach Brandon Schneider during the first half of the Southland Conference basketball tournament championship game against the McNeese State Friday, March 9, 2012, in Katy, Texas.

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The Kansas University athletic department has announced that Stephen F. Austin coach Brandon Schneider has been hired as KU's new women’s basketball coach.

KU will hold a 10 a.m. Tuesday press conference to introduce Schneider.

"Brandon is an excellent fit for the University of Kansas," KU Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger said in a statement. "He is an exceptional teacher, and someone who has spent his entire career in Kansas and Texas. He is known as a terrific recruiter and a firm, knowledgeable coach. And we know he has coaching in his blood, having watched his dad have so much success for so many years. We are confident that Brandon's teams at KU will display the same tenacity and competitiveness that his teams have shown at Emporia State and Stephen F. Austin."

In his fifth and final season at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas, Schneider went 23-8 overall and 16-2 in the Southland Conference.

Schneider, who replaces fired Bonnie Henrickson, spent 12 years as Emporia State’s head coach, leaving for Stephen F. Austin after winning the Div. II national title in 2010.

Schneider became the leading candidate early in KU's search and maintained that position throughout an extensive vetting process conducted by Zenger and those helping him with the search.


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Comments

Ethan Schmidt 5 years, 3 months ago

Excellent! Don't know what kind of style he played at SFA, but at ESU it was run and gun! Was very exciting and high scoring.

Waylon Cook 5 years, 3 months ago

loved watching the pressure he put on opponents at ESU!

Joe Ross 5 years, 3 months ago

The future of the women's program under Schneider will either justify or discredit Zenger's hire. To me, this guy doesnt seem like a coach who would rebuild Kansas from the ground up. I hope Im wrong.

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 3 months ago

I'm not sure if "rebuild" is the proper expression when it comes to KU Women's BBall, since I do not recall it ever being built. KU Women have had a good year here and there but I don't recall us ever having a solid program.

I don't know a thing about Schneider's coaching ability but have run into him a couple of times around the Houston area. I've always like the guy because the times we met, I was wearing KU gear, he volunteerd a "RockChalk."

Hopefully he works out.

Waylon Cook 5 years, 3 months ago

Suzi with post of the year?

I pretty sure that not recruiting Jackie Stiles is all one needs to know...... She wanted to be here but obviously want good enough for us. Instead puts a mid major on her back and gets to Final Four....

Robert Lyons 5 years, 3 months ago

Actually KU women's basketball had a run in the 90's of 8 or 9 straight NCAA appearances, 2 sweet sixteens, the last big 8 conference championship and the first big 12 conference championship. Marion Washington, until the last 3 or 4 years never had more than 2 losing seasons in a row. Before the 2000's KU Women had 17 of 18 .500 or better conference records and 12 post season appearances. From '77 to '81 with Lynette Woodard (the highest ever scoring woman basketball player), KU had four straight post season appearances as an independent. Yes I am old enough to remember all this (BA from KU in '63). However, I didn't follow women's basketball until around '86. We are women's basketball boosters from the early 90's and go to every game to support the ladies in their efforts to get an education and have some fun playing ball. We do hope coach Schneider will bring the program back to what we experienced so that you and all the others here can have the same experiences.

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 3 months ago

I recall those days well but although we had a good string, I don't recall it be anything more that good. Yes Woodard was spectacular but an over .500 record with a couple of sweet 16s is not alot to get excited about when talking Kansas Basketball....men, women, or any level you choose.

David Hall 5 years, 3 months ago

He should do good at ku if the ladies learn how to play his style of defense and offens

Veronica Allen-Scruggs 5 years, 3 months ago

He will be great his record speaks for itself Good Luck coach Rock Chalk Over all 23-8 Conf 16-2 Home 15-1 Away 8-4

Joe Ross 5 years, 3 months ago

Youre Caelynn's mother? I understand your interest in the team.

Joe Ross 5 years, 3 months ago

Im actually interested in your thoughts on the job that Bonnie Henrickson did and the Cliff Alexander situation.

David Kelley-Wood 5 years, 3 months ago

Welcome aboard, Coach. Looking forward to great things for the program. Best of luck.

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