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STORRS, Conn. – Stephanie Schindel traveled across the country to attend UConn and play for the volleyball team; in her four-year career, the California native’s decision proved to be well worth the trip.
From 1997-2000, the Huskies went a combined 84-45 (.651) when Schindel was part of the volleyball program. Despite a change at head coach, she thrived as a student-athlete – being named All-Conference Second Team as a senior.
Ellen Crandall coached Schindel as a freshman player, as UConn went 22-12 (8-3 Big East) in 1997. When Kelli Myers took the helm in 1998, the Huskies were Big East Regular Season Co-Champions with a 22-11 (11-1 Big East – program-best) mark.
Schindel was part of four consecutive 20-win seasons as a member of the volleyball program, with her personal-best coming in her final year. She led the team in kills (445), digs (403) and aces (42) in 2000.
Originally from Diamond Bar, Calif., Schindel helped the Huskies to a 33-12 (.733) conference record during her tenure. UConn capped-off its most successful run in program history with eight 20-win seasons from 1992-2000.
Since graduating, Schindel played volleyball briefly overseas before moving back to the states to work. Just recently, she went to Arizona with the rest of her former teammates to celebrate Ann Callahan’s (Roberson) 40th birthday.
Get caught up with Stephanie Schindel in this edition of “Then and Now”:
Where do you live now? Los Angeles, CA
What was your major at UConn? HDFR
Where do you currently work? Northwestern Mutual
Where did your interest in volleyball originally come from? My older sister started playing and then I got involved.
What is your favorite memory as a UConn volleyball player? Wow, way too many to pick one. Some standouts are being the first Big East team to beat Notre Dame, winning the Big East regular season, and just a couple weekends ago when our entire team (all 13 of us) showed up in Arizona to celebrate Ann's 40th birthday. The bond we share is priceless.
What do you miss the most about life as a UConn student-athlete? Being surrounded by so many other incredible student-athletes and having such a huge built-in support network as we all were going through the same things.
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment since graduating? Going on to play overseas and then just traveling and living many different places and developing lasting friendships and relationships all over the world.