- Head Coach
- Carl Schnabel is entering his 19th season at the helm of the Diplomats’ program in 2022-23. 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.
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- 19th Season
Carl Schnabel enters his 19th season at the helm of the Diplomat men’s and women’s track and field program in 2022-23.
Under Schnabel’s guidance, eight student-athletes have earned All-America honors - six on the women’s side and two on the men’s side. Twice an All-American in the 110 hurdles, Nils Michaelis still holds the conference record set in 2011. Six-time All-American in the 1500 and Mile run, Sheena Crawley still holds the conference record in the 1500 and Mile. The Diplomats enjoyed a consecutive run of All-Americans from 2010-2015, including Rebecca Swisher becoming the first women’s team field event (pole vault) in 2014.
His student-athletes have been among the top competitors in the Centennial Conference. Logan Lewis (2017) and Jake Gomolinski (2008) were awarded Outstanding Performer of the Meet at an Outdoor Championship. Four Diplomat women have been named Outstanding Performers of the Meet at Indoor Championships: Alyssa Ward (2018), Rebecca Swisher (2016) Sheena Crawley (2012), Bryn Benford (2005), and two were named Outstanding Performers of the Meet at Outdoor Championships Alyssa Ward (2017) and Bryn Benford (2005).
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.
While coaching at Biola University, Schnabel had the opportunity to coach two-time Liberian Olympian and NAIA 100-meter National Champion, Oliver Daniels. At Lehigh University, his athletes rewrote the school record book. Twenty-five years later, two of his former athletes still hold Lehigh’s record in men’s long jump and hammer. Additionally, at Kutztown University, he trained DII national runners-up and pole vault All-Americans.
With over thirty years of experience in track and field, both as an athlete and a coach, Coach Schnabel is quick to credit the mentors and coaches in his life. Canadian hurdle coach and the author of the quintessential book, “The Science of Hurdling”, Brent McFarlane, former U.S. Olympian and 1988 Olympic assistant coach, Irv “Moon” Monschein, LeRoy Neal, former head track and field coach of Biola University, Fred La Plante, former head track and field coach at Lehigh University, and Brian Monshein, former head track and field coach at Kutztown University. Through the decades, these coaches (and too many others to name) shaped both his character and coaching philosophy.
Using creativity, demonstration of necessary techniques, and extensive knowledge of strength training fundamentals, Coach Schnabel helps athletes realize their maximum potential. He also brings the unique perspective of a former three-sport high school athlete (track and field, football, wrestling) and a two-sport collegiate athlete (track and field, football). Having competed, it allows him to fuse both the athlete and coach’s perspective to best meet the needs of the team.
His experiences as a student-athlete and dedication to academics have defined his enduring commitment to helping his student-athletes excel in academics. Finally, his years of raising his five children has given him an appreciation for all types of athletes and personalities. He approaches each athlete holistically, understanding that there are many aspects to performing at your best.
Currently, he resides in Lancaster with his wife Jennifer, and their five children.