Schneider Named Men's Lacrosse Assistant Coach
Jan. 8, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - All-American and MLL Champion Doc Schneider has been named a men's lacrosse assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Massachusetts. Schneider had a decorated career as a goalie under UMass head coach Greg Cannella for the past four seasons.
"We are thrilled that Doc is a part of our staff," said Cannella, who enters his 16th season as the head coach of the Minutemen. "Doc is a UMass guy through and through. He had an unbelievable playing career here and we know that will translate into success as a coach. Doc is a great leader and very passionate person. He worked with us as a volunteer coach in the fall and really did a great job working with the goalies and the defense."
Schneider was named a USILA Second-Team All-American after the 2009 season and played in the North-South All-Star Game. He was honored as the ECAC Goalie of the Year and ECAC First-Team goalie along with being named to the All-New England team for the fourth year in a row. He was named the UMass Male Athlete of the Year for 2009.
He was a national finalist for the Tewaaraton Award as the top player in college lacrosse this season. He was also a six-time ECAC Player of the Week and NEILA Scholar All-American as well as a first-team Jewish All-American.
The Massapequa, N.Y., native had his most outstanding statistical season as a senior captain, posting a 7.43 GAA and .653 save percentage (eighth in program history). He finished his career second in UMass history with 753 career saves. Schneider's 205 saves in 2009 stand as eighth-most in a single season, 15 behind his 220 saves in 2006 (fourth all-time) as part of the National Finalist Team.
After his senior season at UMass, Schneider was the highest-drafted goalie in Major League Lacrosse, by the Toronto Nationals and played a key role in the Nats winning the MLL Championship. Along with fellow UMass alum attackman Jeff Zywicki, the Nationals won the 2009 title in August, 10-9 over top-seeded Denver. Schneider started the championship game and made 12 saves. He also picked up the Nationals' MLL Semifinal victory playing all 60 minutes in a win over Long Island
Overall, he played in eight games with the Nationals making 90 saves.