Joe Schneck completed his sixth season as the head coach of Keystone College's men's soccer team in 2018.
Coach Schneck has led the Giants to the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) playoffs for the five of his six seasons during his time at La Plume highlighted by the program's first-ever CSAC title in 2018, as the Giants earned the No. 2 seed after a 12-5-1 regular season.
Keystone knocked off Centenary 3-1 in the CSAC Semifinals on Oct. 27 before defeating Wilson 2-1 on Nov. 3 in the finals to earn the automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Giants fell at Case Western 3-1 in the NCAA First Round.
In 2018, nine players earned All-CSAC status under Schneck, including Player of the Year Daniel Zuniga and Defensive Player of the Year, Khadim Thiam.
Coach Schneck, who was named the CSAC Coach of the Year in 2017, has built Keystone's men's soccer program into a strong competitor in the Colonial States Athletic Conference during his four years with strong recruiting classes and a commitment to excellence both on and off the field. Keystone has boasted the CSAC Rookie of the Year in three of the last four seasons, had five United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) All-Region honorees, and the 2016 and 2017 CSAC Defensive Player of the Year. Coach Schneck has also led the Giants to their first CSAC playoff win and semifinal appearance (2015) and highest CSAC postseason seed and first home playoff game (2016).
Coach Schneck kicked off a new era in in the program's history in 2013 after beginning his first season as the Giants’ head men’s soccer coach on July 15th of that year. Schneck took over the helm at Keystone after spending seven years as the top assistant for Division I Cornell and helping lead the Big Red to an Ivy League Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2012.
In the 2017 season, Coach Schneck guided Keystone to a 13-5-1 overall record during a historic season that saw the Giants finish as the CSAC runner-up while making their first-ever trip to the conference final. The Giants secured their highest finish in the CSAC standings by going 7-1-1 in league play to earn the #2 seed in the CSAC playoffs. Keystone earned a first round playoff bye and home CSAC semifinal game for the first time in program history. The Giants defeated #3 Centenary University 3-1 in the semifinal round before dropping a heartbreaking, 1-0 decision to top-seeded Cabrini University in the championship game.
At the end of the 2017 regular season, Coach Schneck was honored by his peers as the CSAC Coach of the Year, senior defender Jalen Freeman repeated as the CSAC Defensive Player of the Year, and freshman forward Carlos Bonilla was named the CSAC Rookie of the Year. Freeman, Bonilla, and freshman midfielder Khadim Thiam each earned First Team All-CSAC honors The three players all went on to earn USC All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors with Freeman capturing Second Team Accolades and Bonilla and Thiam earned Third Team honors.Keystone was the only team in the region to have multiple All-Region selections without appearing in the NCAA Tournament while Bonilla and Thiam were two of just four freshman to earn All-Region accolades.
Additionally, while sophomore forward Ibrahim Tounkara and freshman midfielder Talhah Netherlin collected Second Team All-CSAC accolades following the conclusion of the 2017 regular season.
In the fall of 2016, Coach Schneck led the Giants to a very successful season as the Giants finished with a 9-7-1 overall record while enjoying its finest showing in CSAC play, finishing 6-3 in league play to set a program record for most wins and most points (18) in league play. Keystone earned its second straight trip to the CSAC playoffs, hosting the first CSAC playoff game in program history after finishing as the #4 seed, the best regular season finish in the conference standings for the Giants. During the regular season, Keystone was the only team to defeat eventual CSAC champion Centenary University (1-0) in league play while also defeating the #2 seed, Immaculata University (5-0) in the fall. The Giants suffered a heart-breaking loss in the first round of the CSAC playoffs, falling 2-1 to Neumann University as the Knights scored the game-winning goal in the final 10 seconds of regulation.
Following the 2016 season, junior defender Jalen Freeman was selected to the NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region Third Team after being named the CSAC Defensive Player of the Year while freshman midfielder Angel Perez was honored as the CSAC Rookie of the Year. Freeman earned First Team All-CSAC honors while Perez, senior midfielder Haris Sabovic, sophomore forward Kouassi Kouadio, and freshman forward Ibrahim Tounkara were all named Second Team All-CSAC. Additionally, 13 Giants earned CSAC All-Academic Team honors for excellence in the classroom while Keystone captured the United Soccer Coaches Association Team Academic Award for the third time in program history.
Coach Schneck guided Keystone to the program's fourth CSAC playoff berth in six seasons in 2015 as the Giants' earned the sixth seed in the postseason tournament with a 3-2 victory over Cabrini College, who entered the tournament ranked sixth in the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region and were unbeaten in conference play at the time. In the postseason tournament, the six-seeded Giants won their first playoff game in 11 seasons with a 1-0 road win at third-seeded Immaculata University to advance to the conference semifinals where the Giants fell to Cabrini, who went on to win the conference championship. Keystone finished the year with an 8-9-1 overall record including a 4-5 mark in the CSAC. Following the season, sophomore forward Eddy Enowbi was named First Team All-CSAC for the second straight year while sophomore midfielder Abreham Kittel and sophomore defender Jalen Freeman were both Honorable Mention All-CSAC honorees. The Giants also earned the program's second NSCAA Team Academic Award.
In 2014, Coach Schneck led the Giants to the fifth most improved record among all NCAA Division III schools in the country. Keystone's 10-7 overall record that fall, which included a 4-5 mark in Colonial States Athletic Conference play, marked a seven-game improvement over 2014's 3-14-2 record. Keystone's 10 wins on the year were the most since 2004 and the Giants also finished above .500 for the first time in a decade. Coach Schneck's squad also improved their conference record and finished with 12 points in league play to tie for the final playoff spot, but missed out on their second-straight postseason bid by virtue of a tiebreaker. The Giants led the CSAC and ranked 25th in the country in scoring offense with 2.59 goals scored per game. After the season, freshman forward Eddy Enowbi was named to the NSCAA/Continental Tire All-Mid-Atlantic Region Third Team after earning CSAC Rookie of the Year and First Team All-Conference honors. Senior midfielder Julio Pertuz was also a First Team All-Conference selection while freshman defender Brandyn Favero was named Second Team All-Conference. The Giants excelled in the classroom as well as the squad earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the first time in program history for posting a combined grade point average of at 3.0. At the end of the academic year, Coach Schneck was named the recipient of the Keystone College Coaches' Sportsmanship Award.
Coach Schneck guided Keystone to the CSAC playoffs in his first year as head coach of the Giants in 2013 and the program made great strides throughout the season. Hampered by injuries throughout the season, the Giants went without a win for the first 12 games of the season before winning three of their final six games of the regular season to earn the sixth seed in the CSAC playoffs with a 3-4-1 league record before bowing out to defending conference champion Cabrini College. Keystone fininshed the season 3-14-2 overall and junior midfielder Julio Pertuz was honored as a Second Team All-CSAC honoree while freshman midfielder Louis Rizo was selected to the CSAC All-Sportsmanship Team following the season.
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 was named the NCAA Most Improved Team the following season after posting 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 to 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 (NJAC) 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. While assisting in all aspects of the program, Schneck developed and led plyometric and lifting sessions for the Lions.
Schneck, who holds an Advanced National Diploma in coaching from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) along with a National Youth License from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), enjoyed an outstanding playing career for The College of New Jersey. A four-year starter, Schneck was named a team captain for the Lions for the 2003 season and went on to earn NJAC Second Team Honors and was also selected to the NSCAA Adidas Metro Regional All-America Honorable Mention Team. Successful in the classroom as well, Schneck was a four-time TCNJ Scholar-Athlete, was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District II College Division Second Team, and earned the 2004 Dr. Harold Eickhoff Outstanding Senior Scholar-Athlete Award.
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, who also serves as Keystone's athletic department Recruiting Coordinator, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Writing/Journalism, Magna Cum Laude, from The College of New Jersey in 2004 before earning a Master of Education with specialization in Athletic Administration in 2006. He resides in Clarks Summit with his wife Kristen and their three children; daughters Noelle and Alyssa and son Ethan.
Coaching Record at Keystone
2013 3-14-2 (3-5-1 CSAC)*
2014 10-7 (4-5 CSAC)
2015 8-9-1 (4-5 CSAC)*
2016 9-7-1 (6-3 CSAC)*
2017 13-5-1 (7-1-1 CSAC)*
2018 12-5-1 (5-1-0 CSAC)*^#
6 seasons 55-47-6 (.537) overall / 30-21-2 (.588) CSAC
#NCAA Division III Tournament appearance
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