Sam Schoenfeld Inducted in 2009

Contributor Inducted in 2009
Sam Schoenfeld Sam Schoenfeld, Inducted into the NYC Hall of Fame in 2009
Photo credit: (Columbia's Teachers College Athletics)
Sam Schoenfeld (September 11, 1906 – March 2, 1956) was born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, he was a star player at Commercial High School, later known as Alexander Hamilton High School.

Schoenfeld attended Columbia's Teachers College in Manhattan and played forward alongside Lou Bender and George Gregory. Schoenfeld's senior year with the addition of Lou Bender, the team won the Ivy League championship in 1930. It was the first coast-to-coast radio broadcast of a college basketball game over 45 stations nationwide. Columbia won the game. He and Bender were named first-team All-Ivy League. 

Schoenfeld was a basketball coach at Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn. He coached the team to a first-place tie in the 1941–42 season and a divisional crown in 1942–43. In his 7 years as coach at Jefferson, his team lost only 7 league games. In the 1930s and 1940s, Sam was among the top college referees in the nation. From 1946 to 1951, Schoenfeld was a referee for the National Basketball Association. He became the founder and first president (1948–50) of the Collegiate Basketball Officials Association.