June 12, 2013
BEAUMONT, Texas – First-year Lamar University women’s basketball coach Robin Harmony completed her staff with the hiring of Randy Schneider and Candace Walker as assistant coaches.
They join director of operations Sunny Vadopalaite, who is in her third year with the Cardinals.
Schneider and Walker served as Harmony’s assistants at St. Thomas University in Miami. Schneider was with Harmony for all six of her seasons at St. Thomas, while Walker served as an assistant coach for the past two seasons.
“I’m excited that Randy and Candace have agreed to come to Lamar,” Harmony said. “They did a great job as my assistants at St. Thomas. They have a passion for the game, a great work ethic and they are able to work well with young players.”
Last season, Schneider and Walker were Harmony’s assistants on a St. Thomas team that went 27-4 overall and 14-0 in the Sun Conference, as the Bobcats were ranked as high as 11th nationally in the NAIA.
Prior to his time at St. Thomas, Schneider, who graduated cum laude from Florida International University, coached girls high school basketball for eight seasons, posting a 131-57 record, reaching the state tournament seven times. Schneider also served as a head coach of the Premier Jaguars AAU basketball team in Miami and the Miami Suns, one of the premier AAU clubs in the nation.
Walker, who played basketball at UNC Wilmington, earned her master’s degree in sports administration at St. Thomas while serving as an assistant coach.
“I’m looking forward to working with Randy, Candace and Sunny,” Harmony said. “We all have the same goal of making Lamar the best program in the Southland Conference.”
Lamar went 22-11 last season, advancing to the second round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational.