There will be some big shoes to fill at Aquinas next
Boys basketball coach Rick Schneider says he is stepping
As is girls basketball coach Matt Watson.
In ten seasons .
Schneider went 188-and-65.
He won three state titles .
most recently in 2013.
He also set the school record for most single season
wins and points.
Schneider says the biggest reason for stepping down
is to spend more time with family.
He broke the news to his team last night.
A lot of sadness.
A lot of tears, a lot of disappointment, there's kids
in that room, Jimmy Pappenfuss, I've coached for three
years and now he's going to be a senior.
And now there's kids that I've built a very strong
So that was very difficult for me to sit down with
them and tell them what's going on.
In seven seasons with the girls .
Matt Watson won four W-I-A-A regional championships.
He also says family is the *only* reason he's stepping
You're always going to have rumors but there's no
It's not any issues.
We're both Aquinas guys.
I graduated from here.
Rick graduated from here.
We're still going to be really supportive Aquinas
It just simply is a point in time right now that I
just can't fit it in.
That's hard for me because it's a passion of mine
and I enjoy it a lot.
Aquinas athletics director Ted Knutson says he was
surprised when both coaches talked to him .
and even tried to talk them out of it!
He now has a big task ahead of him.
?? So what's next ??
What we'll do is we'll get it out.
We're going to have it open from now until April 14th
and we'll accept applications and we'll form a search
committee and then an interviewing committee and then
we'll treat them separately and we hope to have somebody
in place by early May.