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Schneiderhahn was an assistant coach at Illinois State from 2011 to 2014. Previously, he was the head coach at Emporia State and Benedictine College in Kansas as well as an assistant at Tulane.
In Schneiderhahn's third season, the 2017 Boilermakers (10-7-2, 5-4-2 B1G) put together a six-win improvement as part of the program's best season of the decade. Purdue won 10 games for the first time since 2009 and qualified for the Big Ten Tournament. Maddy Williams led the conference with 14 goals and was named the Big Ten Forward of the Year as well as an All-American by both United Soccer Coaches and Top Drawer Soccer.
While scoring in 17 of the 19 games was crucial to the team's turnaround, a large freshman class also helped Purdue make big improvements defensively. The Boilermakers won seven times in shutout fashion, their most clean sheets since 2007. Purdue's goal differential improved from minus-18 in 2016 to plus-14, the 32-goal swing representing the second-best improvement in program history. Goalkeeper Katie Luce and center back Sarah Clark were named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team. Senior Vanessa Korolas joined Williams as an All-Big Ten honoree.
The 2015 Boilermakers were competitive throughout a 9-8-1 campaign, which was the program's first winning season since 2009. Purdue suffered only two losses by more than one goal and trailed by multiple goals for just 110 of the 1,671 minutes (six percent) of regular-season action in 2015.
Meanwhile, Purdue scored 28 goals in 2015, nine more than the year prior despite playing one fewer regular-season game.
The 2016 Boilermakers were much more competitive than their 4-12-1 record would suggest. But Purdue could not overcome the loss of its top two goal scoring threats for portions of the season. The Boilermakers did rally to defeat Cincinnati in overtime, but they were otherwise 0-8-1 when the opposition scored first. The five overtime games were Purdue's most since 2012 (six). The Boilermakers did open Big Ten play with a win for the first time since 2008, posting the first victory by the road team in the longstanding Illinois-Purdue series that dates back to 1998.
Schneiderhahn was part of Illinois State's four consecutive Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championships and NCAA Tournament appearances from 2011 to 2014. He was recognized as part of the MVC Coaching Staff of the Year in 2011, 2013 and 2014 after winning regular-season conference titles all three years. Highlighted by a combined 16-0 mark against MVC rivals in 2013 and 2014, the Redbirds compiled an overall record of 56-24-3 from 2011 to 2014.
Schneiderhahn was the head coach at Division II Emporia State (Emporia, Kansas) for five seasons from 2006 to 2010. He started his coaching career as a men's assistant coach at his alma mater, Benedictine College (Atchison, Kansas), in the late 1990s and became the head coach of the women's program in 2000.
Along with winning the Missouri Valley's Fair Play Award twice, Illinois State also had a host of individuals honored from 2011 to 14. Rachel Tejada was a four-time MVC Player of the Year award winner and one of three Redbirds to win MVC Freshman of the Year honors during that span. Aryn Newsom was the Goalkeeper of the Year in 2013 after she compiled a 0.33 goals against average in league play.
The St. Louis native has served as a staff assistant in the United States Youth Soccer Association's Olympic Development Program since 1996 and was a record-setting goalkeeper during his playing days at Benedictine.