Jonathan Schneiderman was named Head Boys’ Basketball Coach at his alma mater, Forreston High School, in 2005 at the age of 23. In his first year at the helm, the Cardinals advanced to the Illinois 1A Super-sectional. Since that first year, in six seasons, his teams have won five NIUC conference championships, three regional championships and two sectional championships. His six-year record at Forreston is 135-42.
His Forreston players have been successful because from day one of Coach Schneiderman’s tenure, they were taught the importance of individual player skill development. He has also worked with individual basketball players outside of his program, of various age and skill levels, over the past ten years, fine-tuning his knowledge of individual basketball improvement and the manner in which he teaches the essential skills all good basketball players must have.
As a player, Jonathan Schneiderman was arguably the greatest in Forreston High School’s rich basketball history. He holds career records at Forreston High School for points scored (1,765), assists (425), three-point field goals made (187), and free throws made (376). As a senior in 1999, he set single-season records for points scored (765), free throws made (158) and assists (175). His three-point percentage (45%) led to yet another single-season record, this time for three-point field goals made (93). He led the Cardinals to their second Super-Sectional game in school history, but getting that far in the post-season wasn’t a guarantee, as it took 24 4th quarter points from Schneiderman in the regional championship to keep the season alive.
After the 1999 Super-Sectional, Schneiderman won the Illinois class A three-point championship. Later that spring, he accepted a full-ride athletic scholarship to play basketball at the University of Illinois-Chicago, where he played for four years. He helped lead his 2002 team to the NCAA Division I Tournament for the second time in school history and the NIT in 2003. As a senior in 2003, he not only led the Horizon League, but all of Division I basketball in three-point percentage at 50.4%. His mark of 50.4% was the second best single-season three-point percentage in UIC history. That year, he also made more than 50 three-point shots for the second consecutive season, becoming just the third player in UIC history to achieve that feat. Schneiderman is one of the best shooters to make his way through University of Illinois-Chicago, finishing third in career free throw percentage (83%), third in three-point field goals made (172), and fourth in three-point percentage (42.2%).
Coach Schneiderman’s successes as both a player and coach are the result of his passion for basketball and incredible work ethic. The experiences he brings to the Aim High Hoops team will no doubt continue to help basketball players of all ages and skill levels who share his passion for this great game.
Jonathan Schneiderman resides in Byron, IL with his wife Laurie and their twins Sullivan and Lucy. He teaches business and accounting at Forreston High School, is the founder of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle at Forreston High School, and was the director of the anti-drug mentoring program for three years.