Wisconsin head coach, Jim Schuman, resigned his position on April 18, 2011, after eight yeas as head coach. (see headline)
Since joining the department in 2003, he brought the Badger program back into national prominence. UW qualified for the NCAA regional tournament in 2007 and 2008, the first time the school had made consecutive regional appearances since 1990-92. He has also helped Dan Woltman become the first Badger player to qualify as an individual for consecutive NCAA championships.
A familiar name in golf around the state and nationally, Schuman is a noted teacher and competitor. The former head golf professional and director of instruction at Madison's Hawk's Landing Golf Club, Schuman also served as head of instruction at the Rick Smith Golf Academy in Naples, Fla., prior to his Hawk's Landing tenure. The world-renowned academy is known for its teaching techniques and is a regular stop for many of the world's top PGA and LPGA professionals, including Phil Mickelson and Jerry Kelly. In 2009 he was inducted in the Wisconsin Golf Hall of Fame.
A Madison native and member of Edgewood High School's 1980 WISAA state championship team, Schuman is a two-time winner of the Wisconsin State Open (1996 and 1999) and was the Wisconsin PGA Player of the Year in both 2001 and 2002. Beyond the state open titles, Schuman also won the 2001 and 2002 Stroke Play and Match Play state events. His fellow state professionals named him the 2003 and 2005 PGA Teacher of the Year. He continues to remain active on the competitive golf circuit and qualified for the 2008 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee.
A two-time WISAA state high school champion with the Edgewood Crusaders, Schuman attended nationally-ranked University of Florida and lettered three years in golf (1983, 1985-86). He earned All-American status in 1986, and was an All-SEC choice in 1985 while playing on the Gator's 1985 SEC championship team. His season average of 72.7 strokes in 1986 is tied for the 13th-best (with current PGA Tour pro Pat Bates) season in Florida history. Schuman also received the 1986 Buster Bishop Award at Florida for golf achievement and academic excellence.
After earning a degree in criminal justice, Schuman joined the Australian PGA Tour one year, and later played on the Nike and Ben Hogan Tours from 1990-94. After receiving membership in the PGA of America in 1993, Schuman continued to compete and won the prestigious National Assistants Championship in 1996 and 1997. He is the only player to have won that national championship in back-to-back seasons. He was the Wisconsin Assistants Player of the Year in 1995, 1996 and 1997 while serving as an assistant pro at Maple Bluff Country Club (1996-98) in Madison, and Northwood Golf Course (1995) in Rhinelander, Wis. Schuman and his wife, Nancy, have two sons: Adam (16) and Alex (13).
Hometown: Madison, Wis. Currently resides in Verona, Wis.
Family: Wife Nancy and sons Adam (nine) and Alex (seven)
Alma Mater: B.A. in Criminal Justice, University of Florida, 1987
Career Highlights: 2003 Wisconsin PGA Teacher of the Year; Wisconsin PGA Player of the Year in both 2001 and 2002; 2001 and 2002 Wisconsin PGA Stroke Play and Match Play state titles; Two-time winner of the Wisconsin State Open in 1996 and 1999
Southern Regional Club Pro Championship Winner (1999); National Assistants Champion in 1996 and 1997. He is the only player to have won that national championship in back-to-back seasons; Wisconsin Assistant's Player of the Year (1995, 1996, 1997)
High School Playing Experience: Member of Edgewood High School's 1980 WISAA State Championship team
University of Florida: Lettered three years (1983, 1985-86); NCAA Division I All-American honors in 1986
All Southeastern Conference honors in 1985; Member of the Gator's 1985 SEC championship team; His season average of 72.7 strokes in 1986 is tied for the 13th-best (with current PGA TOUR pro Pat Bates) season in Florida history; University of Florida Buster Bishop Award for Golf Achievement and Academic Excellence in 1986
PGA Tour Experience: Joined the Australian PGA Tour 1988-89; Played on the PGA Nike Tour from 1990-94; Earned PGA membership in 1993; Qualified for and played in the 2008 U.S. Bank Championship
Professional Experience: Head Golf Professional and Director of Instruction, Hawks Landing Golf Club, Madison, Wis. (2000-2003)
Director of Instruction, Rick Smith Golf Academy at Tiburon, Naples, Fla. (1998-2000); Instructor, Rick Smith Golf Academy at Treetops, Gaylord, Mich. (1998); Assistant Golf Professional, Maple Bluff Country Club, Madison, Wis. (1996-1998); Assistant Golf Professional, Northwood Golf Course, Rhinelander, Wis. (1995)
Affiliations: PGA of America Member (Class A) since 1997; National Presidential Advisory Board Member, Taylor Made/adidas Golf Worldwide since 2000; Ford Motor Company Corporate Outing Instructor since 1999