Carl Schnabel, the mentor of the men's and women's track teams at Franklin & Marshall, is entering his 16th season at the helm of the Diplomats’ program in 2019-20. He returned to his hometown to coach the F&M track & field teams in the summer of 2003 and currently resides in the city with his wife, Jennifer, and their five children.
Under Schnabel’s guidance, F&M has seen eight student-athletes earn All-America honors - six on the women’s side and two on the men’s side. The Diplomats enjoyed a consecutive run of All-Americans from 2010-15, including Rebecca Swisher in 2014 and 2015 – becoming the program’s first-ever field athlete to be crowned an All-American.
His student-athletes have been among the top competitors in the Centennial Conference (CC) as well with four women being named Outstanding Performers of the Meet at Indoor Championships (Alyssa Ward-2018, Rebecca Swisher-2016, Sheena Crawley-2012, Bryn Benford-2005), and two being named Outstanding Performers of the Meet at Outdoor Championships (Alyssa Ward-2017, Bryn Benford-2005), while the men’s side has been awarded one Outstanding Performer of the Meet at an Outdoor Championship (Logan Lewis-2017).
At the CC Indoor Championships, Schnabel saw the women’s side record its best finish of fourth at 2017 meet with 59 points, while the men’s team was third in 2015 with 83 points. At the CC Outdoor Championships, the women’s team picked up its best finish under Schnabel in 2011 when the Diplomats recorded 69.5 points to take fifth, while the men placed third in 2016 with 77 points and third in 2015 with 100 points.
A graduate of Upper Perkiomen High School where he played football, wrestled, and ran track, Schnabel continued his athletic and academic career at the University of Delaware. While earning a B.A. in history, Schnabel played football and ran track for the Blue Hens.
With over a quarter century's worth of experience in track and field, both as an athlete and a coach, Schnabel has worked with many of the country's premier coaches. At Kutztown, he assisted Brian Mondschein in a revitalization of the track & field program, helping the Bears capture 12 championships between 1997 and 2001.
His instructional creativity, demonstration of necessary techniques, and his knowledge of weight and strength training fundamentals have helped his athletes realize their maximum potential in athletics. His experiences as a student-athlete and high school teacher defined his enduring commitment to helping his student-athletes excel in academics as well.
Schnabel started his coaching career at Biola University in La Mirada, Calif. where he served as an assistant cross country and track and field coach from 1988-93. He also coached at Lehigh University from 1993-97.
Updated 6/18/18 | BW