Friday, 18 November 2011 00:00
Forty-five years ago, a younger, but just as talented and enthusiastic, Mo Schneider became Wheatley’s second Boys Tennis Coach. The following spring Coach Schneider became Wheatley’s first and only Girls Tennis Coach. During the past 45 years, Coach Schneider has won more County, Conference and Division Championships than any coach in Nassau County and probably in the State.
Athletic Director, Tom Fitzpatrick stated, “During my 24 year friendship with Mo, I have learned many things from him. While Mo has coached more State and County champions than any coach I know, this is the least important aspect of athletics for Mo. Mo stresses doing your best and having fun.”
This message has been taught to approximately 2,500 Wheatley tennis players, and without a doubt, just as many opponents. Coach Schneider has spent a lifetime inspiring, teaching and loving each and every person he comes in contact with. A retired teacher, administrator, current author/playwright and tennis guru, Coach Schneider has made a positive impression on Nassau County tennis, unrivaled by any other individual.
In June 2010, the East Williston Board of Education approved a resolution to name the Wheatley tennis courts, the Mo Schneider Tennis Courts. They chose to honor the longest tenured member of the District staff for his contributions to Wheatley and the community. The honor of naming the tennis courts, the Mo Schneider Tennis Courts, is to celebrate a lifetime commitment to excellence, love and friendship.
On Monday, Oct. 24, a celebration was held before the 45th edition of “Mo’s girls” took the courts. It was a time to thank Coach Schneider for being a constant beacon of light for generations of student-athletes, coaches and colleagues. Robert Freier, vice president of the board of education and former Wheatley tennis player, summed up Mo Schneider best, “His stories, jokes and actions have made and continue to make all of us better people.”