Ed Schlichter enters his fifth season as the cross country and distance coach for the Charlotte 49ers cross country and distance programs. Prior to coming to Charlotte, Schlichter spent two seasons as the cross country and assistant track & field coach at the University of South Carolina Upstate.
Under Schlichter’s tutelage at Charlotte, two athletes have earned All-Region honors in cross country, three have been NCAA Outdoor National Final qualifiers, eight were Outdoor NCAA First Round National qualifiers, and one an NCAA Indoor National qualifier in track. Schlichter has sent athletes to the NCAA Championships in five different events (women’s indoor 5,000-meters, women’s outdoor 5,000-meters, 10,000-meters, 3,000-meter steeplechase, and men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase), two athletes to the USATF National Championships and seven to the USATF junior national championships.
In four years at Charlotte, Schlichter’s distance athletes have obtained nine Atlantic 10 conference championships in their respective events, 17 Atlantic 10 All-Conference performances, 69 all-time top-10 performers within Charlotte’s distance events record books and helped Charlotte’s track & field teams win 2010 and 2011 Atlantic 10 Conference team championships. Distance athletes have set new school records in 14 distance events between indoor and outdoor track & field in the past two years.
In spring of 2010, Amanda Goetschius was also a USATF Championships qualifier/competitor in the 10,000-meters, and ran at the NACAC U-23 where she obtained the bronze medal for Team USA. Schlichter had three Junior USATF Qualifiers in 2010, with Maria Ruiz garnering Junior All-American status in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, Daweet Dagnachew (10,000M), and Ross Roberson (10,000M), two more in 2011 with Sean Kluttz (800M) and Joseph Cotto (10,000M), Kristen Stout (3000M) in 2012, and most recently Morgan Richards (1500M & 3000M) in the spring of 2013.
In 2009, Schlichter led the women’s team to a runner-up finish at the Atlantic 10 Championships, led by Goetschius who finished second overall at the championships, who then also went on to earn All-Region honors at the NCAA Southeast Regional. Schlichter also guided Adu Dentamo to a top-25 regional meet finish and All-Region accolades on the men’s side. Goetschius went on to earn her third All-Region honors in cross country her senior year in a personal best time of 20:40 for 6,000 meters finishing 21st overall and also led the Niners to a third place finish at the Atlantic 10 Conference championships by finishing 3rd overall and earning her 4th consecutive All Conference performance in cross country.
Goetschius continued her stellar season into track and field, earning All-America honors in the indoor 5,000-meters, qualifying for the outdoor national meet in the 5,000- and 10,000-meters and setting school record in the indoor 5,000-meters with a time of 16:06, as well as the mile run, 1,500-meters and 10,000-meters. She earned Atlantic 10 MVP recognition at both the indoor and outdoor conference meet. Dentamo qualified for the NCAA finals in the steeplechase with a school-record time of 8:47.89, and competed on the school-record 4x800-meter relay squad that clocked a Charlotte-best time of 7:24.69. Along with the steeplechase and the 4x800-meter relay, Adu also broke the 1,000-meter run, the mile and the 1,500-meter run school standards.
Since the fall of 2009 when Schlichter rejoined the 49ers, both the Men’s and Women’s cross country programs have been recognized by the USTFCCCA for outstanding performances in regards to the team’s GPA’s both programs are among the top ranks in Charlotte’s Athletic Department year in and out with the NCAA giving special recognition to the Men’s Team the past 3 years for their outstanding APR(Academic Progress Rate). In the Spring of 2013 the women’s cross country program saw it’s second highest team GPA ever 3.529 highlighted by seven women obtaining 4.0’s for the semester.
During his time at USC Upstate, Schlichter guided his athletes to great success during competition as he coached and trained; four Atlantic Sun Conference champions, eight All-Atlantic Sun Conference performances, the 2008 Women’s Indoor Track Atlantic Sun Most Outstanding Performer and two Conference Freshmen of the Year winners.
Schlichter’s teams shattered records during his short tenure at USC Upstate as 17 records were broken in two years and 23 of the top 25 fastest times for women’s cross country were set. On the recruiting front, Schlichter was able to sign standout prospective athletes to National Letters of Intent even though USC Upstate was without an on-campus track facility and is ineligible to compete in NCAA Division I Championships until the fall of 2011.
His student athletes also succeeded in the classroom as the women’s cross country team won the Athletics Department’s Highest Team GPA (3.536) for the Spring 2009 semester.
Prior to joining the USC Upstate coaching staff, Schlichter served as assistant coach for the cross country and track and field programs at Charlotte for two years, 2005-07. As assistant coach with the 49ers, he helped lead the men’s and women’s track squads to the 2006 Atlantic 10 Indoor and Outdoor Track championship. The women’s team repeated as indoor and outdoor champions in 2007.
Prior to joining the 49ers coaching staff, Schlichter was a distance runner for the 49ers’ cross country and track teams from 2000-05. He had a standout career with the 49ers and ranks among the program’s all-time top 10 in several distance categories. He was a seven-time All-Conference selection, earning five awards in track and two in cross country. At the 2005 Raleigh Relays, Schlichter ran a 14:35 5k during his senior year.
In 2004, he became the first runner in school history to be named Conference USA Male Athlete of the Year for cross country. He also earned team’s Most Valuable Player honors in 2004 for both cross country and track. He helped lead Charlotte to the conference championship in indoor track in 2001 and the league title in cross country in 2002, the first conference championship for both programs in school history. Schlichter graduated from Charlotte with a degree in English in May, 2005.
After graduating from Charlotte, Schlichter went on to compete in several distance events including the 2005 New Haven USATF National Championship 20k (1:03), 2006 Chicago Marathon (2:44), 2006 Houston USATF National Championship Half-Marathon (1:07) and the 2007 Boston Marathon.
To go along with his accomplishments as a coach and a student-athlete, Schlichter is USA Track & Field Level 1 Coaching Certified.
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