Below is the piece I wrote last Fall. Following that is a press release from the University of Cincinnati, and last but probably the best article is a recently written blog entry from Bill Koch who writes about U. of Cincinnati sports. In it you will be able to read what Bill's concerns are about the future of college athletics.
I recently received the following press release from the U. of Cincinnati announcing Bill Schnier's pending retirement. Although there are many nice things said about Bill in this announcement, they only begin to scratch the surface in describing this unique individual. Bill is foremost a teacher descending from two parents who were both teachers. He started his coaching career teaching high school and coaching track, but he has always carried the educator in his persona. He is not a guy who just hangs the workouts on the wall and expects his runners to follow that advice and perform. He is foremost a person who cares about the future of his athletes, not just the performances they put on the track. I've known Bill since we were both graduate students, he at Indiana University being mentored by Sam Bell. When he left IU to take on the unenviable job of coaching track and cross country at Cincinnati, he picked up a program that was in shambles (the track a war zone covered in broken glass ) and made it a force to be reckoned with in several conferences until now the university is moving on from its 8 years in the Big East. In the past ten years he has seen the scholarships in his men's program dwindle down to zero, but his teams are still a force to be feared in their conference. What does that say about a program, competing well in a good Division One conference without scholarships? It says that your athletes are scholars who happen to be able to run. One of his former athletes is Lewis Johnson who does some announcing for NBC when track is occasionally televised. In the Beijing Olympics two of his athletes won medals, Mary Weinberg in the 4x400 (gold) and David Payne 110HH (silver). I don't think the university realizes quite what they will be missing when Bill retires. I'm sure his working days are not over either, he seems a lot younger than his birth certificate lets on, and he has a deep interest in a lot of different fields. Bill is also an historian, and it is evident when one rides through Cincinnati with him as he points out hundreds of unknown or forgotten features in the city. Furthermore his own family is one to be envied. You never saw a home track meet at Cincy that wasn't attended and worked by his wife Kathy and children Lorraine, Ellen, and Keller. Kathy and Lorraine teach at the same high school, Ellen works in TV production in Cincinnati, and Keller is a civil engineer in North Carolina. ed.
Bill Schnier, as the University of Cincinnati sees him,