Get to Know the Lady Raiders: Kellyn Schneider
July 16, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Kellyn Schneider has always been a Red Raider.
Even before the 6-foot-5 forward ever stepped foot on campus this summer as an official Texas Tech student-athlete, she was already cheering on the scarlet and black from a young age and watched her older sister, Haley, play the last two seasons with head coach Kristy Curry.
"I've always loved Tech," Kellyn said. "I've always been a fan and I love coach Curry, coach Kelly (Curry) and coach Shereka (Wright). I just felt like Tech was the perfect place for me."
The local Monterey High School product will be reunited this season with her sister Haley and joins four other newcomers in a star-studded 2012 class that is expected to help the Lady Raiders program reach new heights for years to come. Kellyn Schneider also gets to rejoin former New Mexico Heat Elite teammate Amber Battle, a sophomore guard at Tech.
Schneider was the District 2-5A most valuable player, averaging 13 points and 14 rebounds, seven assists and five blocks per game while leading Monterey back to the state playoffs. She was a Texas Girls Coaches Association All-Region and All-State member, All-South Plains Player of the Year and a McDonald's All-American nominee.
She also recently returned from playing in the Class 4A-5A TGCA All-Star Game in Arlington after finishing her first month of summer classes and workouts at Tech.
"It was definitely a relief to finally get started but I was stressing out, I'm not going to lie," Schneider said with a grin. "I stressed for the first couple of days and then I got the hang of it.
"I definitely feel more like an adult. Getting a schedule going and getting from this place to that place in this much time - I've learned a lot about responsibility and time management in the past month."
Schneider, much like her older sister, is a most valuable player in the classroom just as much as she is on the court. The exercise and sports science major is also pursuing a minor in psychology with plans to be a licensed physical therapist one day.
For now, her goals are studying hard in the classroom and working hard on the hardwood and in the weight room to help build her physical strength up to match her outside shooting so she can take on a true "hybrid" role once she gets on the court in a Tech uniform.
"I've always been the type of player that can twist and turn around or in between people," said Schneider, who scored 403 points last season while grabbing 431 rebounds. "I enjoy being that hybrid role because I love shooting it outside and taking it off the dribble. It's a lot of fun to move around someone as opposed to just staying in one spot the whole time."
Schneider said she is ready to put in the hard work and effort to be successful at Tech in all aspects and can't wait to throw on her first game jersey.
"I don't think its hit me yet, that I'm finally getting to do this," she said. "It's going to be really exciting to get on the court the first time and play as a Lady Raider in front of all these fans."