In a surprise announcement, Jonathan Schneiderman has decided to resign as Forreston basketball coach. This isn’t just any resignation, as Schneiderman has to be considered a favorite son of Cardinal basketball, having starred for the program and returning a few years later as its coach.
“Generally speaking, it was time for a change,” Schneiderman said. “I’m getting a masters degree in educational leadership and will pursue administration at the high school level.”
The nine-year Forreston mentor has not ruled out coaching in the future, though.
“My coaching days are not over. I’m just not sure what level,” Schneiderman said.
After playing basketball at University of Illinois-Chicago, Schneiderman played overseas in France and England and then went to Stevenson high school as an assistant basketball coach.
When the Forreston head job opened in 2005, Schneiderman was encouraged to apply for it. It was almost a slam dunk that he would he hired for it.
“There are 12 reasons to stay in the city/suburbs and two reasons to come home,” Schneiderman said. “Those two reasons, family and small town life, trumped the twelve.”
While at Forreston, Schneiderman compiled a 178-85 record and won five out the first six conference titles. The Cardinals won four regionals and two sectionals.
“Not any season sticks out. What stands out most were the players and coaches and the relationships you build,” Schneiderman said.
In his fourth year at Forreston, Schneiderman was tempted to return to UIC, as the Director of Basketball Operations position became open.
“I was enjoying teaching and coaching at Forreston too much,” Schneiderman said.
With five starting juniors, Schneiderman has left the program with a good nucleus for next year.
“There’s a good future with eight seniros coming back,” Schneiderman said. “Youth basketball is also solid and we have a promising freshmen group coming in.”