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.
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.
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.
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.
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.