PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania men's basketball program was saddened to learn of the passing of Tom Schneider, who was a former head coach of the program. The University was recently informed of his passing on March 17, 2015. He was 68.
Schneider originally came to Penn as an assistant men's basketball coach. He spent three seasons working under Bob Weinhauer, helping the Quakers win Ivy League titles all three of those years, and then stayed for a fourth season as Associate Coach under Craig Littlepage.
Schneider left Penn for his first head coaching job, at Lehigh University, and led the Mountain Hawks to their first NCAA Tournament bid in 1985. He returned to Penn as the Quakers' head coach following that NCAA appearance, and spent four seasons overseeing the Penn program.
Schneider's tenure was highlighted by the 1986-87 season, when Penn won the Ivy League title with a 10-4 record before falling to North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament opening round. Following the 1988-89 season, Schneider resigned his post at Penn to take the head coaching position at Loyola (Md.) College.
In four seasons as head coach of the Penn men's basketball program, Schneider had a 51-54 overall record that included a 36-20 mark in Ivy play.
At the time of his death, Schneider was working as a history professor at Polk State Lakeland Collegiate High School, a charter high school located in Lakeland, Fla. that is housed within Polk State College. He had been a professor there since the school's inception in 2005.