PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University head men’s basketball coach is stepping down in order to move up in his life.
John Scheinman, who has been PSU’s men’s basketball coach and athletics development coordinator for 10 years, has resigned to accept the promotion to Major Gifts Officer in the University Advancement office. He begins his new position July 1.
“It was the hardest decision of my life to leave this team,” said Scheinman. “I love being the head men's basketball coach at PSU. The memories that I have of the fine young men that I had the privilege to coach I will cherish for the rest of my life.”
Scheinman led the Panthers to a 164-110 record in 10 seasons from 1999-2010, ranking second on the school’s all-time win list. He guided PSU to six post-season berths, including five in a row from 2002-06 and the NCAA Tournament second round in 2004. Scheinman, who was also previously the head men’s basketball coach at Saint Joseph’s College (Maine) and New England College, has a career coaching record of 229-149.
After a year-long sabbatical from the PSU men’s basketball coaching position in 2007-08 for his first full-time stint in the University Advancement office, Scheinman was back on the sidelines the past two seasons, leading the team to a 16-11 overall record in 2009-10 and an ECAC Tournament berth.
“It is time to turn the page and serve President Steen and this great University in a different capacity,” said Scheinman. “I look forward to the next chapter of my life. It was extremely difficult to tell the team on Friday --- I told them next year's team will be very good and that I am not leaving your lives but I will be in the stands cheering you on.”
PSU athletic director John Clark had mixed emotions when informing the staff of Scheinman’s decision.
“John has been a very dedicated and loyal coach who has given so much to his teams and his student-athletes,” said Clark. “Please join me in congratulating John for this promotion and also thanking him for his dedicated service to athletics and to our students. We all wish John the best in all of his future endeavors.”
Scheinman has been active in the Plymouth community the past decade with his family, which includes his wife Susan and their three children.
“To say that John’s players and colleagues will miss him in athletics is a true understatement,” said Sylvia Bryant, executive director of University Advancement. “I very much appreciate John’s work with us to date on behalf of Plymouth State University, and know that all of us in Advancement look forward to working with him going forward. We are very fortunate to have him on board.”
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