July 24, 2013

Keystone hires Cornell assistant

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Former Cornell (N.Y.) assistant coach Joe Schneck has been named the head men’s soccer coach at Keystone according to an announcement made recently by athletic director Matthew Grimaldi. Schneck begins a new era in Giants history after spending seven years as the top assistant for the Division I Big Red and helping lead Cornell to an Ivy League championship and NCAA Tournament appearance last fall.

“My family and I are proud to be joining Keystone College,” stated Schneck.  “I would like to thank Dr. Grimaldi, (dean of students) Dr. (Robert) Perkins, and the entire search committee for providing me the opportunity to lead the men's soccer program. The goal will be to create a culture of excellence, both on and off the field by investing in these young men. I'm excited by the work that lies ahead.”

He replaces Keith Moore, who compiled a 10-20-1 record in two seasons at the helm of Keystone.

As the top assistant coach under Jaro Zawislan, who was named the 2012 Northeast Coach of the Year, Schneck helped Cornell to a remarkable turnaround in just four seasons. After going 1-15 in 2008, the Big Red posted the second best turnaround in Division I with a 6-6-5 overall record. Cornell’s improvement continued with Schneck’s assistance as the 2011 squad finished just a game shy of winning the Ivy League title before a record breaking season last fall.

In 2012, Cornell posted a 15-2 overall record including a 6-1 mark in league play before winning the program’s first outright Ivy League championship since 1977. The Big Red spent seven straight weeks ranked in the top-20 of the NSCAA Polls and was ranked as high as 10th in the nation while advancing the NCAA Division I Tournament. The postseason awards then rolled in for Cornell who boasted a First Team All-American selection and a Hermann Trophy Semifinalist, two First Team All-Region honorees, the Ivy League Player of the Year, six All-Ivy League picks, seven Ivy League Player of the Week honorees, and two student-athletes who earned Academic All-Ivy League Awards. 

Prior to joining Cornell’s coaching staff, Schneck served as the graduate assistant men’s soccer coach at his alma mater, The College of New Jersey, from 2004-2006 and helped the 2005 squad post the third best turnaround in Division III as the Lions won the New Jersey Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships. TCNJ finished the 2005 season with a 16-3-1 overall record and were ranked fifth in the nation while advancing to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament. 

An active member in the community, Schneck and his teams have participated in numerous community involvement efforts including the Special Olympics, fundraising for Pediatric Cancer Awareness, the Salvation Army’s “Adopt-A-Family” program, and student mentoring.

Schneck graduated with a bachelor's degree in Professional Writing/Journalism, Magna Cum Laude, from TCNJ in 2004 before earning a M.Ed. with specialization in athletic administration in 2006. He resides in Clarks Summit, Pa., with his wife Kristen and daughter Noelle.

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