8. Curious Human - Chuck Schneekloth
Release Date: 09/28/2018
Chuck Schneekloth is the founder of The Garden State Track Club and a runner. Chuck and Jon talk about running, the challenges of running an organization, and the importance of relationships in business.
More information about Chuck can be found at https://www.gardenstatetc.org/services/coach-chuck-schneekloth/
Chuck founded the GSTC in October of 2010. Under his leadership, the club has grown to twelve training enclaves and over one thousand members of all ages and abilities. Since its inception, the club has won fourteen USATF-NJ team titles, along with the 2013 and 2016 USATF national track and field team crown. The club has also won races at Penn Relays, Millrose Games, and the US Open; in 2013, he negotiated a three-year contract with Adidas. In January of 2015, the USATF appointed him as Vice Chair of the National Club Council, the national committee overseeing Elite Development Clubs. In 2017, he helped the club sign a contract with New Balance after the club had thirteen compete at the 2016 Olympic Trials.
He has served as a head coach in five schools: Seaside HS (Oregon), Castlemont (CA), SF State University (CA), New Brunswick HS (NJ), and Franklin HS (NJ). In 2013, Seaside inducted him into their Hall of Fame for winning the 2001 3A State Championship; in Oakland, he won four OAL city titles. In the spring of 2014, the Vietnamese Olympic Committee hired him to coach their national women’s 4×400 team in their preparation for the Asian Games. That summer, he coached the Nicaraguan National Team, both athletes and coaches, as an employee of the US Embassy. As the sprints/hurdles coach at Highland Park HS, he helped the Owls win back-to-back state titles in 2016 & 2017. While coaching myriad GSTC athletes, he has also been the Rutgers Running Club coach since 2013.
Chuck is the founder and race director of the Road Relays, the College Ave Mile, the USATF East Region XC Championships, and the Garden State 10.
As an athlete, he was a four-time All-Big East half-miler for Rutgers University from 1996-2000. In 2018, he won the USATF indoor national 800m title (M40-44) and the USATF outdoor national title in the 800m and 1500m (M40-44). That summer, he ran 2:00.63 at the WMA World Championships, the fastest American at the meet, finishing 11th in the 800m final. With an M.Ed. from Rutgers and an MA in Educational Leadership from UC Berkeley, Chuck is the Literacy Coach at Franklin Public Schools. He lives in Somerset, NJ, with his wife, Dr. Leah Roberts, and two cats, Inky and Stewey.