ALMA — Cory Schneider has played the final basketball game of his college career.
Schneider finished his career at Alma College when the Scots beat Kalamazoo College 80-78 Feb. 18.
He was given second-team all-conference honors from the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
Schneider led the conference in three-pointers made with 70. He shot 45.6 percent from the field in 25 games for the Scots, averaging 11 points a game. He also had 54 assists, second on the team.
“Individually I think I did pretty well,” he said. “I shot the ball well, which is one of my strengths.”
Alma finished the season 9-16 under first-year coach Sam Hargraves.
“Overall I think we improved each and every day,” Schneider said. “We may not have got the wins we would have liked but I feel like it went in the right direction.”
What makes Schneider think the Scots are going in the right direction?
“With the new coach (Hargraves) they have it planned the right way,” he said. “They’re working on some defensive principles that will work out next year.”
Schneider said his biggest memories will be of the guys he played with on the men’s basketball team.
“I just remember all the teammates and moments in practice and funny things that happened hanging out with the guys,” he said.
He’ll also remember the first win at the renovated Art Smith Arena.
“One thing I’ll always remember was the new arena, and getting the first victory in the new arena,” he said. “That was really cool.”
Now that Schneider is done playing basketball, he hopes to stay in the game by coaching.
“I’m almost done with my education degree, so I’m hoping to get a teaching job and hopefully get a coaching job in basketball,” he said. “I want to stay in basketball that way.”
Schneider noted he’s learned from some good coaches along the way and that will help him in coaching.
“I’ve had some good coaches, and I learned a lot,” he said. “And for me going into teaching, I hope to teach the game of basketball.”