Gene Schnieder Biography
A 1947 graduate of Sheboygan North High School, Gene began to pursue his chosen career, teaching and coaching. Gene enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, and in 1951 was awarded a B.S. degree in Physical Education. After graduation, he was drafted and served as Physical Training Director at Air Force bases in Florida and Texas.
Racine Luther High School called Gene to teach Physical Education and Science and become their Athletic Director in 1953. He remained at Racine Lutheran for 15 years. In 1968, Gene acknowledged the Lord’s will to accept the call to teach at Martin Luther High School as “one of the original” faculty members at this new Missouri Synod Lutheran high school. Gene was Martin Luther’s Athletic Director, taught all of the Physical Education classes, and coached all of the sports – football, basketball and baseball. Over the years, as enrollment grew, Physical Education faculty were added and coaching responsibilities were divided. Gene continued coaching only his favorite sport, football. By 1980, when he retired from coaching, he had led the Spartans to 65 wins, 21 losses, and 1 tie in 11 varsity seasons, three of which were championship seasons.
In 1980, Gene accepted the responsibility to serve as Dean of Students and Freshman Counselor while continuing to teach some Physical Education and Health classes. He expressed some of his feelings about his role at Martin Luther at this time in this way: “I especially enjoy the teaching and counseling roles because I get to know the kids and see their personalities in action; and they get to know me as more than the school disciplinarian. But, as Dean of Students, I have another opportunity to witness to kids and let them know what it’s all about. We’re all still growing – even if you’re Dean of Students.”
Dean Schneider subsequently became Martin Luther’s Assistant Principal – another role he viewed as a challenge and a blessing.
Gene retired from his teaching and coaching ministry at the end of the 1991-1992 school year. Gene’s family includes his wife, Carol, who served as a nursery school teacher herself, as well as four children and a number of grandchildren. In retirement, Gene has enjoyed spending more time with family and friends, traveling, gardening, cooking, playing the accordion and attending sporting events. Gene continues to be a Chicago Cubs fan and is an avid Green Bay Packers fan.
Gene and Carol continue to be active members of Hales Corners Lutheran Church and staunch supporters of Martin Luther High School.