Chip Schneider enters his 14th season as head coach for Men’s Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field (10th season for Women’s) in 2015-2016 for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Schneider is also serves as Director of Cross Country.
In 2015 Schneider was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division III Coach of the Year. In 2008 he earned WIAC Coach of the Year honor.
In 2015 under Schneider, the Men’s Indoor Track and Field made school history by becoming the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field National Champions for the first time. The women’s team placed with a respectful fourth place finish after taking 23rd the year before.
The Blugolds have been successful at the national level for Schneider, finishing in the top 10, 10 times. The men’s national title preceded a second place finish in 2014, third in 2013, and second in 2012 for the men. The women’s team finished third in 2007, indoor seventh in 2009, outdoor fourth in 2009, outdoor second in 2013, and outdoor ninth in 2014.
Under Schneider, Blugolds have found great success. He has coached 87 individual All-Americans, 21 All-American relay teams, 66 Conference Championship titles, and had 79 school records broken.
Before coming to UW-Eau Claire Schneider was a graduate assistant coach at UW-La Crosse. He coached hurdles, long jump, triple jump, and sprints for the 2002 men’s indoor and outdoor NCAA Division III National Champions.
He coached two times at UW-Platteville, once in 1995-1996 and again in 1999-2001 for sprints, hurdles, and all jumps. Schneider was a lead instructor at the University of Wisconsin Learn-By-Doing Camp between 2007-2009 in hurdles and sprints.
Schneider earned his bachelor’s degree at UW-Platteville in 1995. He was the national champion in the long jump and in the 400-meter hurdles, eight-time individual All-American, four-time UW-Platteville track and field most valuable athlete, and three-time captain. In 1994 he was named the UW-Platteville Student Athlete of the Year and led his team to Conference Outdoor Champions that year. He also earned Wisconsin State University Conference (WSUC) Academic All-Conference honors.
He is married to Joanna and has one son, Drake.
Last Updated: 4/4/2015