Dix Hills, NY – Five Towns College Athletic Director Matt Guercio has announced the addition of Ryan Schneider who will serve as an Athletics Advisor to the department.
In this roll, Schneider will provide consultation for operational and strategic guidance related to athletic affairs. He will work with each coaching staff to assist in leadership programming, recruitment, and advisement. In addition, he will serve on the Athletics Advisory Board.
“I am extremely excited to welcome Ryan to the Sound Family,” said Guercio. "His experience and knowledge of intercollegiate athletics from a coaching and administrative perspective will be vital as the department continues to move forward.”
Schneider attended St. Mary’s High School in Manhasset, NY where he won two Nassau-Suffolk CHSAA basketball league championships (1998 & 1999). He then attended St. Joseph’s College-Long Island and played for former Five Towns College head men’s basketball coach, John Mateyko. Upon graduation, he joined the men’s basketball staff as an assistant at Centenary University (2004-2006), an NCAA Division III program in Hackettstown, NJ. He oversaw all aspects of the program including day to day team operations, administration, recruiting, scouting of opponents, player development, and academic advisement.
From 2006-2010, he served as an assistant coach on the C.W. Post (now Long Island University) men’s basketball staff. During the 2008-2009 season, the Pioneers posted a 30-1 mark, including a 24-0 regular season and an undefeated 18-0 finish in the East Coast Conference (ECC). The 30 wins are a C.W. Post school record and was the program’s first unbeaten regular season, as the Pioneers advanced to the Elite Eight and were ranked as high as #2 in the NCAA Division II national rankings.
From 2011-2014, Schneider served as head coach for the girls varsity basketball program at Friends Academy in Locust Valley, NY. In his final season, Schneider led the Lady Quakers to a 17-3 record and captured the Class B/C Long Island Championship.
“I would like to thank Matt Guercio for the opportunity to join the Five Towns College Family. I have known him for many years and have watched the progression the athletics program has made. I look forward to contributing any way I can so that the coaches and student-athletes can achieve their goals moving forward.”
Schneider earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from St. Joseph’s College. He completed his master’s in Public Science, Leadership, and Public Administration from Centenary University, where he also served as an adjunct professor.
Schneider resides in Farmingdale, NY with his wife Lauren and their children Danny, Samantha, and Bodhi.