Carl Schnabel, mentor of the men's and women's track teams at
Franklin & Marshall, is a native of Lancaster. He returned to
his hometown to coach the Diplomat track teams in the summer of
2003, and currently resides in the city with his wife, Jennifer,
and their four children.
Last season, Schnabel coached Nils Michaelis and Sheena Crawley to the NCAA Championships. Michaelis was making his first appearance, while Crawley was returning for the second consecutive year.
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
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, California where he served as assistant cross country and track and field coach from 1988-1993. He also coached at Lehigh University from 1993 through 1997.