Maurice William Schneider, known to his beloved family and friends as “Mo,” passed away last month on August 23, 2016 at the age of 90. He started coaching tennis at Wheatley in 1966 and continued as the tennis coach until the day he died in August. The Wheatley Girls Varsity Tennis team will surely miss him, the only girls varsity tennis team coach in Wheatley history. He was also only the second Boys Varsity Tennis team coach in Wheatley history. In 2011, the East Williston School District dedicated the Wheatley tennis courts to Coach Schneider. All who knew him, especially his student-athletes, opposing coaches and colleagues, admired Mo. He won more County, Conference and Division championships than any other coach in Nassau County.
Coach Schneider was born on October 29, 1925 in Brooklyn. He graduated from Lynbrook High School and enlisted in the Marine Corps during World War II. He flew many missions as a “bomber diver” in the Pacific. While going to college, he wrote comedy scripts for television, some for early television programs of the 1950’s like the Jackie Gleason Show. He received his bachelor’s degree in English from Hofstra University and a Master’s degree in English from NYU. He started teaching English in the Roslyn School District and coaching tennis in 1966 at Wheatley.
He is survived by his wife Suzanne Schneider, his two stepchildren, Eric Early and Lisa Early and 5 grandchildren, Jillian Schneider, Alex Early, Sam Sinyangwe, Lauren Early and Noah Sinyangwe.
At the beginning of September, friends and family members came together to plan a memorial celebration for Mo. Members of this committee included school administrators (myself and Tom Fitzpatrick, our Athletic Director), family members (Suzanne Schneider and Alex Early), friends and former players (Jamie Reich, Scott Reich, Annette Jaffe, Don Thiergard, Bob Freier) and current players (Evan Hirsch and Matthew Porges). Working with friends and families, we collected photos and video clips for a highlight video montage.
During Thursday’s celebration, friends and family had opportunities to share stories about Mo. It was a wonderful evening worthy of a remarkable man who impacted so many of so many years. You can share your thoughts about Mo through the following site: http://www.forevermissed.com/moschneider/#about.
Each year, Wheatley’s Athletic Department honors two students with the Mo Schndeider scholarship. You can help support these scholarhips through your contributions:
Go to gofundme.com/moschneider
Send a check to:
Mo Schneider Scholarship Fund
c/o The Wheatley School
11 Bacon Road
Old Westbury, NY 11568
Included in this post are some photos of Mo and his Wheatley teams over the decades.
You can view a copy of the program here: Mo Schneider Celebration Program Sept16
(Thanks to Susan Checkla for assisting with the write-up of the event.)