Middlebury College has announced the hiring of Jordan Schilit as the men's and women's cross country and track & field assistant coach. Schilit comes to Middlebury from a semi-professional club known as "Team Run Eugene" (TRE) based in Oregon, where he served in a similar position last year.
"Jordan was an outstanding student-athlete while at Haverford, and he has gained great experience while training and working in Oregon," said cross country coach Nicole Wilkerson. "He is extremely knowledgeable about all the facets of the sport and will make an immediate and positive impact on our teams."
"I'm extremely fortunate to be coaching at Middlebury College," said Schilit. "The tradition at Middlebury is fantastic. I am confident in both programs which have rich and storied histories."
Schilit currently holds a United States of America Track & Field (USATF) Level 1 coaching certification. Several of TRE's athletes qualified for global championships (including the Olympics and IAAF World Championships) and many of the athletes competed at the USATF Outdoor Track & Field championships and U.S. Olympic Trials. In addition, he had the opportunity to travel with athletes on that team to international competitions such as the Southeast Asia Games held in Singapore.
"An accomplished and decorated student-athlete as well as a seasoned coach, we are happy to have Jordan join our staff," stated track & field coach Martin Beatty. "His expertise in the distance events will aid our student-athletes on the Panther track & field teams."
Schilit graduated from Haverford College in 2013 where he was a six-time NCAA Division III All-American in both track & field as well as cross country. He was the NCAA runner-up at 1,500-meter and 5,000-meter runs, and was voted as the Mideast Region top track performer three times by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). He won seven Centennial Conference championships as an individual, and is the only person in conference history to win all three distance events at the outdoor conference meet in the same year (1,500-meter, 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter).
Schilit's name is sprinkled throughout the record books at Haverford. He holds the program's record in the 5,000-meter run (13:59.21), while his outdoor 5,000-meter and indoor personal record (14:12.77) are both currently ranked in the top-10 all-time in Division III.
In addition, he holds the distinct honor at Haverford as being the only runner to ever score on three podium-placing cross country teams. The 2010 squad was Haverford's first NCAA team championship in school history. The other squads – 2011 and 2012 – both placed second. Schilit was also part of Haverford's NCAA Scholar Team of the Year.
Schilit competed professionally for the prestigious Nike Oregon Track Club Elite – also based in Eugene, Oregon. Before heading west, Jordan competed at the World Maccabiah Games in Israel.