Jim Stintzi
Jim Stintzi

Head Coach - Distance

8th Season

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Head Coach - Women's Track & Field
Seventh Season

Build a winning program--that is the goal of the Wisconsin women's cross country and track and field programs under sixth-year head coach Jim Stintzi. Since coming to Wisconsin in 2004, the former Badger All-American is leading the UW back into the national ranks in both sports.

In cross country, Wisconsin has qualified for the NCAA championship the last four years, finishing among the top-20 teams in three of those seasons. In 2006, the Badgers earned their first NCAA trophy of Stintzi's tenure with a fourth-place finish. Wisconsin has also finished among the top-three teams at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional each the last four seasons and finished second at both the 2006 and 2008 Big Ten Championships.

Individually, the UW has three cross country All-Americans under Stintzi, including senior Gwen Jorgensen in 2008 and two-time honoree Hanna Grinaker, who also was named the 2006 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

Another Badger earned that distinction in 2008, as Caitlin Comfort was named the league's top freshman.

In all, the Badgers have earned 21 all-region and eight All-Big Ten honors in cross country under Stintzi.

Wisconsin has also seen considerable improvement on the track during Stintzi's tenure. The Badgers have scored in two NCAA indoor meets and tied for 31st at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships. The UW has qualified athletes to all but one national championship during the Stintzi era.

Stintzi has seen six athletes earn a total of nine All-America honors on the track in his four seasons.

The Badgers sent a UW record 14 qualifiers to the 2007 NCAA Mideast Regional, tying for 11th in the team race, and then scored another 11th-place finish after qualifying 13 athletes in 2008. Wisconsin has a total of 48 NCAA regional qualifiers in the last four years, with 12 athletes in 2006 and nine in 2005. Those competitors have earned a total of 16 all-region honors.

On the Big Ten level, Stintzi has three conference champions to his credit and six All-Big Ten honorees.

Stintzi's athletes have also made their marks on the UW record books. In only four years under Stintzi's guidance, 15 Wisconsin records have fallen and numerous Badgers have moved onto the top-10 performance lists.

The Badgers also have been outstanding academically, with 13 student-athletes earning All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association in 2008. Eight more earned USTFCCCA All-Academic recognition in 2007.

That includes Katrina Rundhaug, who also earned Academic All-America honors during her senior season in 2008.

Wisconsin picked up 27 Academic All-Big Ten honors in track during 2008 after earning 22 the previous season. In his four-plus years, Stintzi's cross country and track student-athletes have earned 106 Academic All-Big Ten honors.

Stintzi came to Wisconsin from Michigan State, where he was the head men's cross country coach for 20 years and the women's head cross country coach for five seasons. He also served as an assistant coach with MSU's men's and women's track and field programs during that time.

During his tenure, Stintzi led the Spartan men to six appearances in the NCAA cross country championships, including a seventh-place finish in 1997 and a ninth-place finish in 1991. MSU won the 1999 NCAA Great Lakes Regional and finished second in the Big Ten championship that season.

The Spartan women qualified for four NCAA meets in five years under Stintzi, while also winning the 2001 Big Ten cross country title and finishing second in 2002 and 2003. MSU's best NCAA finish under Stintzi was an 11th-place showing in 2001. In 2002, he coached Michelle Carson to the Big Ten individual title.

Stintzi is a two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year in men's cross country and earned the honor for women in 2001. He was also named the Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year in 1995 and 2001.

Stintzi coached 38 All-Americans and 42 All-Big Ten performers in track and cross country for the Spartans.

Prior to joining the Michigan State staff in 1984, Stintzi coached one year at Northwestern and also served as an interim assistant coach at the UW in 1983 following the death of coach Dan McClimon.

A native of Menomonee Falls, Wis., Stintzi was a seven-time All-American and six-time Big Ten champion for the Badgers. He earned national runner-up honors twice in his career--as a member of the 1978 distance medley relay and in 1979 in the two-mile run. Stintzi won conference titles in the two mile in 1978 and 1979, as well as the 5,000 meters in 1981. He was named the Athlete of the Championship at the 1981 Big Ten outdoor meet after winning the 10,000 meters and finishing second in the 5,000 meters and 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Stintzi was a member of four U.S. national teams and, in 1981, was ranked sixth nationally in the 10,000 meters.

A 1981 graduate of Wis­con­sin with a bachelor's degree in art, Stinzi and his wife, Gail, have three children: Katie (26), David (23) and Daniel (21). The Stintzis live in Sun Prairie, Wis.



Cross Country (at Wisconsin) Big Ten NCAA NCAA Year Champ. Regional Champ. 2008-09 2nd 2nd 21st 2007-08 6th 3rd 20th 2006-07 2nd 2nd 4th 2005-06 6th 3rd 20th 2004-05 8th 8th Indiv.

Track & Field (at Wisconsin) Big Ten NCAA Big Ten NCAA NCAA Year Indoor Indoor Outdoor Regional Champ. 2007-08 4th T39th 6th 11th T31st 2006-07 6th T34th 8th 11th DNS 2005-06 5th T51st 8th 29th Indiv. 2004-05 8th DNQ 6th T33rd Indiv.

Indiv. = Wisconsin did not score as a team but sent individual qualifiers.


NCAA Championship Place Finishes Cross Country--4 Track-4

All-Americans Cross Country--3 athletes earning 4 honors Track & Field--6 athletes earning 9 honors

All-Region Honors Cross Country--21 Track--16

Big Ten Individual Champions Track--4 athletes winning 5 titles

All-Big Ten Honors Cross Country--8; Track--12

CoSIDA Academic All-Americans Cross Country/Track--1 athlete earning 2 honors

USTFCCA Team All-Academic Cross Country--1 Track--1

USTFCCA All-Academic Cross Country--5 Track--25

Academic All-Big Ten Cross Country--33 Track--73

"The University of Wisconsin combines the best of two worlds for student-athletes. It is a premiere academic institution that prides itself on providing every opportunity for student-athletes to achieve their goals on the field and in the classroom. It is my goal to help lead athletes to outstanding success in both areas."

Coach Jim Stintzi

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