Sixteen awards given out at annual banquet
Bearcats go up against nationally ranked competition in Wisconsin
Bearcats will be among 15 ranked teams vying for conference title
Men's first-place finish and women's fifth-place finish are identical to last season's results at the event.
The UC men's and women's cross country teams will compete in the All-Ohio Intercollegiate Championships in Cedarville on Saturday. The men are the defending team champion while the women finished fifth last year.
Schnier is a 1966 graduate of Capital University where he played baseball for two years before switching to track and field. He set the Capital record for the outdoor 800 meters (1:54.14) and was a member of the record-setting outdoor 4x800 meters relay team (7:51.04), both of which are still school records to date. He earned master's degrees from Wright State University and Indiana University in 1977 and in 1987 earned a doctorate in human performance from Indiana.
Induction into the UC athletics hall of fame will be the fourth hall of fame for Schnier. In 2010, he was inducted into the Capital University Hall of Fame. In 2011, Schnier was inducted into two more, the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches and the Greater Cincinnati Running.
Schnier began his career at Trotwood-Madison High School where he taught history and coached track and field for seven seasons, leading his team to a second-place finish in the Ohio State AAA championship meet in 1975. He then spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Indiana before coming to UC in 1980.
Of the student-athletes that Schnier has coached at UC, 16 have won the prestigious Jimmy Nippert Award, honoring the most outstanding male senior student-athlete. He has also coached three winners of the Helen Norman Smith award, honoring the top female student-athlete, and four winners of the Jean Stephens Award, honoring the UC student-athlete that best exemplifies integrity, commitment to the team, athletic department and equitable treatment of others.
Schnier is married to the former Kathy Henn. The couple has three adult children: Lorraine, Ellen and Keller.