Carol Schneider – The game of tennis loses the unique


Carol Schneider with Henry Talbert at the US Open

By Mark Winters

On Saturday March 3, Southern California tennis and indeed the game itself lost a legend. Although she never viewed her years of involvement in the sport as anything other than the fulfillment of a long-standing commitment, Carol Schneider worked tirelessly and never sought to be in the spotlight. ramp, while making changes.

The filing system used in Southern California, before computers took over this task, was the product of Schneider’s painstaking efforts. She came up with formulas that improved the overall grading program. She was always looking ahead, preparing to face the turmoil that was present in the ranking process. When the USTA discovered that she had these unparalleled talents, Schneider was named a member of the national ranking committee. Over time, she led the group and emphasized the importance of evaluating players in a fair and sensible manner. Parents and players alike would agree with those who served on her grading committees – she was thorough, practical and precise.

For an individual who has spent so much time in the sport, 40 years to be exact, Schneider was an exception in tennis. She analyzed situations and communicated directly. More remarkable still, his ego has never played a role in his work. Considering her career in the game, she had every right to feel important, but it just wasn’t Carol Schneider.

A long-time member of the Southern California Tennis Association’s board of directors, his composure has won him accolades, especially during his time as the organization’s vice president. She was serious and efficient. His philosophy was simple: problems have solutions that can be found.

These qualities led her to become a member and ultimately chair of the USTA Nominating Committee, which is a demanding responsibility. In addition, she chaired the International Women’s Events Committee and served on the USTA Long Range Planning Committee, was a representative of 35 women’s tournaments on the Adult and Senior Competition Committee and was Honorary Chair of the USTA Committee. USTA senior international competition.

Given her administrative background, few realized how good she was in the field. She was ranked junior in Southern California and also nationally. In senior, she scored the same double. His performance at the 1968 National Public Park Championships confirmed his skill at playing. She won the Open Doubles with Evelyn Houseman, as well as the Women’s Doubles 40 with Phyllis Adler.

She teamed with Catherine Duke to win the first Women’s National Indoor Women’s 45 title in 1974, and with Dodo Cheney for the Women’s National Women’s 50 Grass Court Trophy in 1977. In 1981, she and Vilma Gordon were double winners of the National Women’s 50 Grass Court. In addition, Schneider was captain of the 40 Young Cup women’s team in international competition for 17 years.

Pat Yeomans, author of the preeminent book on the history of local tennis titled “Southern California Tennis Champions Centennial 1887-1987,” noted, “Carol could really play, but her knees collapsed. I also think that [the] ranking[s] couldn’t do without it.

In 1990, she received an SCTA Service Award. The USTA awarded her the Service Bowl in 1978 and the Seniors’ Service Award in 1987. In 2000, she was honored twice. The International Tennis Federation praised his dedication, and the International Tennis Hall of Fame did the same, presenting him with the prestigious Samuel Hardy Award.

During her tenure in tennis, she achieved a number of firsts other than winning the National 45 doubles. The SCTA awarded her her first Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984. In 2003, she was named the first recipient of the National 45. USTA Barbara Williams Leadership Award. She was also a member of the SCTA Senior Hall of Fame First Induction Class in 2009.

Schneider, who was born in New York but raised in Santa Monica, died peacefully of natural causes. She was married to architect Frank Schneider for 68 years. Together, they raised four children – Randy, Cliff, Tracy and Lisa – in the Hollywood Hills. Once they retired to Newport Beach in the early 1980s, her five grandchildren, Brittany, Laura, Lauren, Skye and Katie became the center of joy in her life. (Sadly, two of her children, Randy and Cliff, died in the 1990s.)

When Jim Hillman, the renowned former director of SCTA Junior Tennis passed away in the fall of 2015, Schneider admitted, “If I had to give a brief description of Jim, that would be gracious. If I had to give another word, it would be more worrying. Someone who’s done as good a job as Jim is worried.

The same can be said of Carol Schneider who will be remembered for her selfless spirit, her unwavering belief in what she believed in and her desire to make a real difference… And, it’s pretty clear that she accomplished her goal. mission.


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