Head Track and Field Coach
was hired in 2013 to start up the Triton track and field program after a 20-year hiatus and brings several years of coaching
experience in the youth, high school, and college levels.
In his first season at Triton, Schneigert built a program that experienced success both on and off the track. He was able to put together a team
that had six national qualifiers that competed in the 1500 meters, the
5000 meters, the 1600 meter relay, and the 3200 meter relay. Off the
track, Schneigert is a big advocate in academics and both the men's and
women's programs flourished in the classroom with the majority of
athletes receiving grade point averages of 3.0 or higher. Bridget
Reinhard, one of only two sophomores on the team, received the Superior
Academic Achievement Award and was named NJCAA Academic All-American.
Before Triton, Schneigert was as
an assistant coach at Geneva High School in 2013 and helped coach the the boy's
side to its first IHSA 3A Sectional Championships. Geneva went on to
qualify several of its athletes to the IHSA 3A State Championships.
From 2011 until 2013,
Schneigert was the assistant volunteer coach at Rockford University
(formerly Rockford College) under head coach Chad Zeman where he helped
coach both the men's and women's cross country and track programs. As a
volunteer coach, Schneigert put in a lot of time recruiting where
in 2012 they landed the largest recruiting class in the history of the
school. Schneigert had many duties helping the cross country team
where there he helped several receive Northern Athletics Conference
All-Conference Honors. On the track side, he has many responsibilities
including coaching several hurdlers, sprinters, and jumpers. While at
Rockford College, he was also the assistant site coordinator for the
USATF Level 1 coaching certification courses.
Schneigert is heavily involved with the
U.S. Track and Field Association (USATF). Coaching youth since 2011, he
started his own youth club called the Vikings Track Club in 2013 where
he serves as the executive director and head coach. Most of the athletes
are from high schools in the Chicago area and has consistently
qualified several to the USATF National Junior Olympic National
Championships every year for both the outdoor and indoor seasons.
Schneigert received his USATF Level 1 coaching certification from Cheney
University in 2011. In 2013 he received his USATF Level 2 coaching
certification with an emphasis in youth at the University of North Carolina -
Greensboro. In 2014 he received his USATF Level 2 coaching certification in
jumps at Marian University.
As an athlete, Schneigert competed
for the All-Navy track and field team in the west coast while he was
stationed on the USS Kitty Hawk in the Navy from 1995 until 1999. As a
sprinter/mid-distance athlete, Schneigert competed at various NCAA
college meets and open meets while he was not on duty. He graduated from
Streamwood High School in 1995 where he was also versatile athlete and
found success in the sprints, mid-distance, and jumps.
Schneigert received his bachelors of arts at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he studied radio and television with an emphasis in news broadcasting. He minored in public relations. When he was a junior, he was called up to the military for one year and served with the Naval Security Force - Bahrain for one year after the horrific events of 9/11. He received his second honorable discharge in June of 2002.
Assistant Track and Field Coach
Coach Ruston brings many years of experience coaching distance squads to the Triton staff. Ruston has coached at several different high schools and at Elgin Community College. Ruston's most recent coaching job was at Bartlett High School where he coached the Bartlett High School 4 X 8 team to a second place finish at the IHSA Class 3 A championships. He was also the assistant coach for the cross country team at Barlett as well where he helped coach several to state qualifications.
Ruston has also coached at St. Edward High School in Elgin and at Fox Valley Lutheran Academy where he coached multiple athletes to cross country/track and field state finals. Ruston started his career as a volunteer assistant coach at Elgin Community College where he helped coach an athlete to the NJCAA Division III National Championships.
As a student-athlete, Ruston competed at the Univeristy of Wisconsin - LaCrosse where he won a team championship. Currently, Ruston still competes and most recently was a national champion in the 1500 at the the 2012 USATF Outdoor Masters Championships where he ran a blitzing time of 4 minutes and 12 seconds. He competes for the Dick Ponds Fast Track Team which is sponsored by Saucony. When Ruston is not coaching or being with his wife and newborn child, he works at Dick Pond's Athletics in Schaumburg.
Assistant Track and Field Coach
Coach Petrelli brings many years of experience coaching throws to the Triton staff. Petrelli coached the throwers at St. Patrick High School (Chicago, IL) during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. In 2005, Petrelli helped lead 2- state qualifiers in the shot-put, one of which was a sophomore and one qualifier in the discus whom was also a sophomore. Following the success of the 2005 season Petrelli helped guide a state qualifier in the shot put and another one in the discus during the 2006 season.
Petrelli also coached at Lakes Community High School (Lake Villa, IL) during the 2010 season. During Petrelli's time at Lakes, he helped guide an athlete to an all-state title in the shot-put finishing 3rd in Illinois and the same athlete finishing with All-State honors in the discus with a 4th place finish. Petrelli also helped develop another thrower who qualified for state in the Discus in 2010.
As a student- Athlete, Petrelli competed in Football and Track and Field all four years at D-III North Park University (Chicago, IL). He is also a local athlete graduating from Elmwood Park High School in 2001. While at Elmwood Park, Petrelli competed in Football, Wrestling, and Track & Field throughout his High School career, earning the Terry Ray memorial award for excellence in athletics. Petrelli exemplified his leadership with a strong presence and work ethic in the classroom, weight-room and around campus. Petrelli brings a B.A. in Exercise Science with him and 15 Credit hours in Human Performance towards his M.A. to the Triton staff. He is also a American Sport Education Program (ASEP) certified coach from 2005.
Away from Triton he enjoys staying active with as many lifelong activities as he can. Petrelli works as a project manager for a sign company out of Elmhurst.