If neighbors didn't know about Larry Schiner's life before he retired to Bluffton, they might be surprised to learn he's about to become a Hall of Famer. Again.
Schiner, the New Jersey City University athletics director for 30 years before retiring in 2007, will be inducted into the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday at NACDA's 48th Annual Convention at the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Awards Luncheon in Orlando, Fla.
"I was overwhelmed," said Schiner, who was notified a couple of months ago. "I'm very excited. It's been a few years since I retired. To be recognized for a body of work of over 40 years is quite an honor."
Schiner, formerly of Manalapan, N.J., will be one of seven athletic administrators to be honored as part of the 2013 class, joining Dorothy "Dot" Casey (Wake Forest), Bob Goin (Cincinnati), Jim Harris (Alabama-Huntsville, posthumously), Jack Martin (County College of Morris), Arthur McAfee (Morehouse) and Gerald Stockton (Midwestern State).
Schiner and his wife, Barbara, a NJCU women's fencing Hall of Famer, are leaving for Orlando on Thursday.
The winningest head basketball coach in Gothic Knights history, Schiner won 133 games over nine seasons, reaching the postseason five times. After a year as assistant athletics director, Schiner was named athletics director in 1977.
"The fact that I really enjoyed working with my staff made my job a little easier," Schiner said. "I've been in athletics all my life. I just enjoyed it and I enjoyed working with kids.
"Recruitment was difficult at times, and we played a competitive Division III schedule. But I was fortunate to be on numerous NCAA committees and I got to see a lot of the United States that I wouldn't have if not for athletics. And I worked with very good people."
Among his many honors, Schiner is twice a member of the NJCU Athletics Hall of Fame -- as a coach and administrator -- and is also in the University of Maine Sports Hall of Fame as a basketball player. And he's not through. Schiner will be inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame on June 22.
"I've been very blessed to be inducted into two halls of fame, much less two in about two weeks," Schiner said.