Longtime Truman State Coach Ed Schneider Dies

Ed Schneider, the first individual national champion and longtime Cross Country and Track & Field Coach at Truman State University, died on Saturday. He was 81. Schneider won the 1964 NCAA College Division Cross Country championship and helped his Bulldog team to a second-place national finish that season. He was a three-time All-American and MIAA champion as a cross country runner from 1961 to 1964, finishing second nationally in 1964 in the mile. His times for both the indoor mile and outdoor 1500-meter run are the longest standing records in the program’s history. He started coaching cross country at then-Northeast Missouri State in 1975 and men’s track and field in 1982. Until his retirement in 2005, his squads won four MIAA Cross Country Championships, three regional titles and advanced to the Division II Championship meet 12 times. Schneider was inducted into the Truman State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1986, the NCAA Division II Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2000, and the Missouri Track & Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2002.

He is survived by his wife Carol, two sons Darren and Gregory and daughter Andrea.

Mass of Christian Burial for Ed Schneider will be Saturday, January 6th, at 11, at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church with interment following in the Mary Immaculate Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, January 5th, from 6 until 8 at the Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Kirksville. Memorials are suggested to the Ed Schneider Men’s Cross Country Scholarship at Truman State.