Mustangs promote Chris Schrader to head up Track and Field
Marble Falls High School has promoted Chris Schrader to be the new Head Track Coach for the Mustangs.
Coach Schrader will enter his third year with the Mustangs serving previously as the head coach of the Cross Country program. Schrader led Mustang XC to a 13th place finish at the State meet this past season. He will continue his work with the Cross Country team in the fall before taking to the track in the spring.
Originally from Melbourne, Australia and Sri Lanka, Schrader has had an impressive coaching career. He has coached 82 high school gold medalists from 1A-6A at the UIL, TAPPS, TCAL and the Victorian All Schools from 800m-3200m (track) and 3200m- 5000m (cross country). In the 2018 state championships, Chris was responsible for coaching 4 state gold medalists, as well as coaching 3 All Americans in the NAIA. Several of Schrader's athletes have gone on to the US Olympic Trials, with his most famous athlete being Damon Martin, the current coach at Adams State University. Coach Schrader's athletes currently hold state records in the 2A Boys 1600, 2A Boys 800 and 3A Boys CC.
"Coach Schrader has done a tremendous job since he joined our coaching staff. I know he will continue to invest in our athletes and help further their development,” Athletic Director Rick Hoover said. We’re excited to promote him and have him lead our track program.”
Away from high school competition, Schrader and friend, Paras Shah, put on a 1600m race every first Saturday in May, with proceeds being donated to a local school or charity. However, Schrader says, "My greatest satisfaction comes when I see my athletes, long past their athletic careers, become high achieving adults and amazing citizens".
Chris has been married to his wife Gina for 43 years, whom he calls "his soul and inspiration." They have 4 grown children and 2 grandchildren. Chris is also one of six brothers, all still living in Australia.