Q&A with Dr. Ray Schneider
Dr. Ray Schneider, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, Sport Management
School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies
- Central Michigan University, B.S., 1993
- Central Michigan University, M.S.A, 1995
- Florida State University, Ph.D., 1998
Years at BGSU: 19 wonderful years!
Intercollegiate athletics and perceptions of equity; Sport memorabilia.
DID YOU KNOW
Dr. Schneider was an NCAA Division I athlete in TWO sports! He's also an ultra marathoner.
Q&A with Dr. Schneider:
How did you get started in your field?
I had great mentors throughout my career who took their time to teach me. It has been my goal to serve as a mentor to others.
What is your favorite part about teaching?
Helping students reach their career goals.
Why did you decide to come to BGSU and teach in EDHD?
I came to BGSU because of the reputation of the Sport Management Program and the support I received from my colleagues and administrators in the College of Education and Human Development.
You have a lot of cool “stuff” in your office. Where did it all come from? And what is your favorite piece?
Every single item in my office has a “story” and meaning to me. From the ‘lil teammates (small figures that our alumni that Jeremy Edwards developed) to the locker and seats from the Ice Arena, each piece tells a story. They have either been collected by me or given to me by students, faculty and friends who know I enjoy sport memorabilia. The interesting thing is that there is no “most popular item”. When I meet with students and prospective students, they all notice and talk about different items. I like to say that it gives them something to look at when I talk too much! I really do not have a favorite piece. They are all special to me.
What is your greatest academic achievement so far?
I have written several books – each one has been an adventure!
Its not an academic accomplishment but we heard you finished an ultra marathon last year. How do you push yourself to run that far?
Yes, I did complete the Daytona 100 – a 100 mile run from Jacksonville, FL to Daytona. I finished in 29 hours and 15 minutes. I ran with my brother Stan, who I do not see that often. It was an amazing experience. I learned that you can accomplish far more than you imagine. The highs and the lows were incredible. Actually, at one of toughest moments I was listening to the BG Hockey game on my phone. In his post game analysis, Coach Eigner mentioned that he wished us the best and that the Falcon Hockey program was thinking about our run. That meant a lot. Plus my wife Janet was our support crew she did an amazing job! But to answer your question about what pushed me to run that far…….I kept thinking that if I did not finish, I would have to explain to my two boys that I didn’t make it. I wanted them to be proud of me…..that call to them after finishing was special.
What was the best piece of advice you received as a student?
Mr. Bernie Waxman, Associate Athletics Director at Florida State University told me “be positive in any situation” and Dr. Kevin Love (CMU) said “make one person smile each day”. Although that advice was over 20 years ago, I think of it each and every day.
What advice would you give to students heading out into the real world?
Gain as much experience as possible and make connections with faculty, staff and other students.