Former University of Minnesota soccer player Molly Schneider has been hired as an assistant coach at the University of Missouri. Schneider, who spent this past season as a student assistant for the Golden Gophers, will primarily work with Missouri’s goalkeepers under head coach Bryan Blitz.
"I am very excited about the opportunity to become a member of the Missouri soccer family,” Schneider said. The experiences I gained with Minnesota Soccer were invaluable to my growth as a coach and I am very grateful to have been a part of the amazing soccer program that has been built in Minnesota."
After completing her eligibility in 2005, Schneider worked on head coach Mikki Denney Wright’s staff this past year while completing her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. She worked with the Minnesota’s goalkeepers, helped plan training sessions and organized team travel, among other duties.
In addition to her collegiate coaching experience, Schneider has also served as a coach for the Minnesota Olympic Development Program and the Region II ODP team.
In 2005, Schneider was an All-Big Ten first team selection and was named to the Soccer Buzz All-Great Lakes Region second team after posting the lowest single-season goals-against-average in school history (0.84 gaa). Her 1.12 career goals-against-average is also the best in program history. She was also an Academic All-Big Ten selection and earned academic all-district second team honor.
Though she played just two seasons with the Gophers, Schneider ranks among the top five in school history in every statistical category for goalkeepers. She ranks third in career win percentage (.486), tied for third in career wins (17), and fourth in career saves (214), career shutouts (12.0) and career minutes played (3,458:54).
Schneider’s 2005 numbers also rank among the best single-season totals in school history. She ranks third in saves (114) and fourth in shutouts (7.0) and minutes played (1,818:58).
A native of Rochester, Minn., Schneider transferred to Minnesota after spending the first two seasons of her collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she earned All-Horizon League first team honors in 2003 and was an All-Freshman Team selection in 2002.
Schneider has also played for the Minnesota Lightning of the W-League in 2006 and for the Chicago Cobras in 2003-04.
Schneider holds a United States Soccer Federation D License and earned a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Goalkeeper I Diploma.