Kansas has found its next women’s basketball coach.
Brandon Schneider, the head coach at Stephen F. Austin and a former head coach at Emporia State, is set to become the next women’s coach at KU, the school announced on Monday afternoon.
When he is introduced at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Schneider will replace former KU coach Bonnie Henrickson, who was fired last month after 11 seasons at Kansas.
“Brandon is an excellent fit for the University of Kansas,” KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger said in a statement. “He is an exceptional teacher, and someone who has spent his entire career in Kansas and Texas. He is known as a terrific recruiter and a firm, knowledgeable coach.”
Schneider, who has been the head coach at Stephen F. Austin since 2010, comes to Kansas with a resume that features success at multiple levels. He won a Division II NCAA championship at Emporia State in 2009-10, capping 12-year run at the school. He then left for Stephen F. Austin, where he built the program into a consistent winner, capturing consecutive Southland Conference titles during the past two seasons. The Ladyjacks finished 23-8 overall and 16-2 in conference play this past season, but missed out on an NCAA tourney bid after suffering an upset loss in the conference tournament.
During a 12-year tenure at Emporia State, Schneider led the Hornets to 11 NCAA tournament appearances and two 30-win seasons. In addition to the NCAA title, Schneider’s teams claimed four Division II South Central Regional titles and six regular-season MIAA championships.
Schneider will inherit a Kansas women’s program looking for a spark. In 11 seasons, Henrickson led Kansas to just two NCAA tournament appearances — though both ended in surprising runs to the Sweet 16. Henrickson fielded a competitive program, but the Jayhawks failed to be a factor in the Big 12 conference, never finishing above .500 in league play.
Schneider is a 1995 graduate of Wayland Baptist in Plainview, Texas, where he played basketball and earned academic All-America honors. He began his coaching career as an assistant at Emporia State in 1995. His father, Bob, was a long-time women’s head coach at West Texas A&M.
Wichita State coach Jody Adams interviewed for the job Thursday, but pulled out of the search on Sunday night after reports started to surface that Schneider was the front-runner for the job.
“We know he has coaching in his blood, having watched his dad have so much success for so many years,” Zenger said. “We are confident that Brandon’s teams at KU will display the same tenacity and competitiveness that his teams have shown at Emporia State and Stephen F. Austin.”