WT's Bob Schneider named finalist for Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

 Bob Schneider
West Texas A&M's all-time winningest head women's basketball coach Bob Schneider has been named one of 12 finalists for the 2019 Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Class announced on Thursday by the association's headquarters in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The Class of 2019 will be selected from the 12 finalists and announced, along with the 2019 Trailblazers of the Game Award recipient, on February 4th during the Baylor vs. Texas contest in Austin (ESPN2, 7:00 p.m. ET).

The Class of 2019 will mark the 21st group of inductees to be honored by the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, which held its grand opening and inaugural induction in 1999. The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors serves as the selection committee in determining the individuals to be inducted each year. Voting is based on minimum candidate requirements, which include record of performance, national or international recognition, and contributions to the game of women's basketball.

In 43 seasons as a head coach at Darrouzett High School, McLean High School, Canyon High School, Texas Woman's University and West Texas A&M, Schneider racked up an incredible 1,045 wins. His greatest success came in the Canyon community where he led the CHS Lady Eagles to five State Championships and delivered nine Lone Star Conference Championships at the helm of the Lady Buffs.

Schneider was a six-time recipient of the Lone Star Conference Coach of Year Award during his time in Canyon as he finished his 25-year career at WT with an overall record of 585-163 (.784) including an incredible 237-47 (.836) mark in league action. He led the Lady Buffs to nine Lone Star Conference Championships, eight LSC Tournament Titles and three Regional Championships. Schneider coached nine All-American honorees during his time in Canyon.

His 1987-88 squad is still considered one of the best teams in program history, winning the first 33 contests of the season before falling in the NCAA Division II National Championship game. The Darrouzett, Texas, native was elected to the Texas Girls Coaches Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997. Schneider was inducted into the WTAMU Hall of Champions back in 2011.

Schneider stands among the coaching legends of collegiate and high school basketball as he completed the 2005-06 campaign, his 25th and final at West Texas A&M, with a career all-time record of 1,045-293 (.781). He pushed the Lady Buffs into the national spotlight, guiding WT to 19 seasons of atleast 20 victories. Schneider was named the 1997 Women's Basketball Coaches Association's NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year.

He established the Lady Buff program as one of the best in NCAA Division II as that tradition continues today, he sits 47th all-time in career victories in NCAA history while ranking 42nd in career win-percentage. Schneider is the 11th winningest head coach in Division II history while sitting 13th in career win-percentage at the DII level.

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