Earl Schneider Sr.

Holy Cross (LA)

Earl Schneider Sr. was a football and track standout at Holy Cross from 1951-1955. In his first year of a four-year letterman stint in track, Earl ran a 9.8 time in the 100-yard dash—a high school record at that time. He was a two-year letterman in football and, as a senior, compiled the first 1000-yard season ever accomplished in high school athletics. Earl scored 120+ points for the Tigers in his senior season, averaging 16 yards per carry and serving as a captain of both football and track teams. He was selected for All-Prep, All-State, All-Southern, and Catholic All-American teams, as well as the Sugar Bowl. Earl received a track scholarship to LSU, where he competed for 1 ½ years before transferring on scholarship to Southeastern Louisiana University. He continued to excel at the sport, running the 100-yard dash in 9.6 seconds and earning captain’s honors. Upon graduation from SLU, Earl returned to Holy Cross in 1961 as a coach for football and track and a math teacher. He served in those capacities until retiring from the classroom in 1987. He then became director of the physical plant, a role he continues to fill today. For his athletic accomplishments and for his unmatched 53 years of service to the Holy Cross family, Earl Schneider Sr. has earned a spot in the Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame.

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