We’re working together to make sure every kid has access to the challenge, support, accountability, and positive relationships that come with a runner’s team experience.
Before founding Team Long Run, Chuck Wilcoxen was most recently the Director of Track and Field and Cross Country and Asst. Athletic Director at Principia College, in Elsah, IL. During his time at Principia, Wilcoxen coached over a dozen All-Americans, Academic All-Americans, four conference champion teams, and many national qualifiers. He is equally pleased to have coached an equivalent number of enthusiastic absolute beginners.
He’s earned IAAF Level 5 and USATF Level 3 coaching certifications (both terminal), and received his Master’s Degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Principia’s men’s and women’s XC and T&F teams are perennial Academic All-American Teams. Wilcoxen served on the National Collegiate Athletic Association Track & Field and Cross Country National Committee for five years and served as chair for two years.
Wilcoxen is most proud of the consistent atmosphere of community, support, achievement, and family that Principia teams have demonstrated over the years. He continues to learn every day.
Hilary loves being involved in Team Long Run! She is biased, since she’s married to Chuck and wholeheartedly supports the vision he has for helping kids, but she also comes with a wealth of prior experience. Her work as Finance Director and Campaign Manager for a U.S. Congressman for five years enables her to help with fundraising efforts; as does her work as Development Director at Stamford Center for the Arts. Her twenty years in education, as both a counselor and college professor, enables her to help with any academic component involving Team Long Run’s mission and development. Her love for kids continues to broaden in her current work with public elementary school students in New Hampshire. All in all she is thrilled to be helping connect kids with coaches through Team Long Run.
Aside from being Director of Marketing for Team Long Run, Jake Meier is currently the Marketing Design Specialist for Continental Properties in Menomonee Falls, WI. Meier specializes in graphic design, video production, and content marketing, and holds an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in Photoshop. Meier consistently does freelance design and has completed work for McDonalds, Kilian Management, and has been consulted for projects by Kohl’s and many local design firms.
Meier graduated from Principia College in 2013 where he still holds 6 indoor Track and Field Records and 3 Top Ten times. He received All Academic Team USTFCCCA DIII Men’s Cross Country in 2012 and USTFCCCA DII All Academic Individual 2012. Named indoor/outdoor Track and Field Captain 2013 and received the Corde & Willard Hanzlik Award - signifying overall contribution to Principia's intercollegiate athletic program. 2018 Wisconsin Ironman finisher.
Still an avid runner, Meier tries not to miss an opportunity to slip out of the office for a lunchtime run, weekend 5K, or occasional triathlon.
Casey immediately connected with the mission of Team Long Run. Having started her own running career at the age of nine, she's personally seen the positive impact it's had on her work ethic, confidence level, and overall outlook on life.
After graduating from Principia College, she joined Chuck as an Assistant Cross-Country coach for the college team, training athletes in running technique and race strategy as well as supporting and encouraging athletes in setting and achieving goals.
Soon after coaching, Casey moved back to her home state of Colorado, jumped into the non-profit world and found her stride in fundraising. Casey has also actively been involved in peer counseling programs seeing the true value in providing a safe space for kids and young adults to voice their stresses, concerns, and accomplishments.
Her love of building strong personal connections, supporting community, and running help her serve Team Long Run in their fundraising efforts.
David Wold is the founding Director of the Principia Leadership Institute based at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois. In that role he develops leadership programs, teaches classes and workshops, coaches and counsels students, and leads study abroad trips.
Prior to joining Principia, David was the founder and President of a marketing and advertising agency based in New England, which served a wide range of clients including Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, and government agencies. His clients included Nextel, Monsanto, Blue Cross Blue Shield, New Hampshire Tourism, and others. His firm received numerous national and regional awards, including several Odyssey Awards from the Travel Industry of America, and the Brand Builder of the Year Award from the National Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.
David has been a guest speaker and keynote speaker at conferences and workshops, and has facilitated focus groups and corporate retreats.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Management & Leadership and has been an instructor at the University of New Hampshire, as well as a guest lecturer at MIT, Plymouth State University, and Southern New Hampshire University.
Will Freeman has led the Grinnell College Pioneers (Grinnell, Iowa) to thirty Midwest Conference titles in Cross Country and Track & Field in his thirty-five years at Grinnell. He has coached beginners to national champions while at Grinnell and has trained coaches and athletes throughout the US, in Canada, the Bahamas, and Africa. The former National Chairman for Coaching Education for USA Track & Field holds Level III certification as a coach (the highest level of certification in the U.S.). Freeman has also served as Chair of the NCAA Track and Field and XC Committee.
A sought-after clinician speaking at clinics throughout the U.S. and internationally, he has written four books, many articles and has nineteen training videos for coaches of all levels. His DVD’s are the best sellers for all sports at Championship Productions, the largest sport video company in the world.
Besides his duties across country and track coach, Freeman is an Associate Professor at Grinnell College and teaches popular courses in the Foundations of Sports Psychology and Sport Sociology.
Jennifer Potter completed her 14th season at the helm of the Ithaca women's track & field program in 2017. Potter, an All-American sprinter at Ithaca, has led the Bombers to nine indoor and 12 outdoor state titles and has guided the team to 26 Empire 8 titles in 28 total indoor and outdoor seasons. Potter has helped the Bombers to 13 top-five finishes at ECAC championships, highlighted by four indoor and two outdoor team titles. Ithaca has tallied nine top-20 finishes at NCAA championships under her direction. The Bombers recorded a program-best second place finishes at the 2017 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships.
John opened Maine Running Company in 2005. Since then, MRC has been nominated as one of the top three new running stores in the U.S. in 2006 by The Running Network, and was voted Best Running Store, New England in 2007 by Runner's World, as well as being named to the Top Fifty Stores In America in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. As a competitive runner, JR qualified for both the 1984 and 1988 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, while also posting PR's of 4:04 Mile, 14:02 5K, 29:20 10K, 48:45 10 Mile and 2:18:02 Marathon.
On the community side, JR is actively involved in supporting Portland Trails sponsoring and supporting the Weekly Back Cove 5K Series each summer to raise money to maintain and support Portland's Trail Network. JR is a strong supporter of the Maine Cancer Foundation and The Center For Grieving Children, sponsoring many events for both Non-Profits. He also serves on both the Center For Grieving Children and Girls On The Run Board of Directors.