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Head Coach - Women's Track & Field
A product of the University of Wisconsin's distance running heritage himself, Jim Stintzi has successfully grown the UW women's track and field team from one known largely for its distance success into a well-rounded program that is competitive across the board - both in the Big Ten Conference and beyond.
Now in his 10th season as the Badgers' head track and field and cross country coach, Stintzi has helped establish Wisconsin as a destination for some of the nation's best athletes across all disciplines.
In track and field, the Badgers have produced 10 athletes that have claimed a total of 23 first-team All-America honors over the course of Stintzi's first nine seasons. Wisconsin has crowned 20 individual Big Ten champions under Stintzi's watch as head of the track program.
In 2012, Wisconsin sent a record 16 athletes to compete at the NCAA West Preliminary Round, advancing eight to the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships -- the most of any Big Ten team.
The success is similar in cross country, where the Badgers have earned six All-America awards and racked up a total of 15 All-Big Ten selections and 23 All-Great Lakes Region honors.
Stintzi has taken six UW teams to the NCAA cross country championship and led the Badgers to a podium finish in 2006, when Wisconsin placed fourth. That capped a season that saw the Badgers score runner-up finishes both at the Big Ten championship and at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional.
Wisconsin athletes have claimed six first-team All-Big Ten honors over the past four seasons, including back-to-back efforts by Caitlin Comfort in 2010 and 2011. The duo of Ashley Beutler and Gabrielle Anzalone scored first-team All-Big Ten finishes in 2012, while Emma-Lisa Murphy was a first-team All-Big Ten honoree in 2013.
Anzalone and Comfort are two of the four athletes to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors under Stintzi's watch.
Stintzi's list of All-Americans in cross country includes two-time honoree Hanna Grinaker and 2008 All-American Gwen Jorgensen, who has translated a terrific collegiate career into rapid rise through the ranks of the international triathlon scene.
Jorgensen represented the U.S. at the 2012 Olympic Games in London after picking up the sport in 2010 and quickly earning USA Triathlon Rookie of the Year honors followed by wins on the international stage.
A Complete Program
UW's success in track and field has come largely as a result of Stintzi's diversified approach that has seen the Badgers branch out in areas beyond its distance group. Wisconsin has produced Big Ten champions in 10 different events during Stintzi's tenure, with Badgers athletes also earning All-America laurels in 14 different events since 2004.
Stintzi hired Nate Davis as an assistant in 2008, and Davis -- a three-time USTFCCCA Assistant Coach of the Year -- quickly built the Badgers into a powerhouse in the multi-events.
Wisconsin became the first school to sweep the podium in a Big Ten multi-events competition when Dorcas Aknniyi, Jessica Flax and Deanna Latham finished 1-2-3 in the pentathlon at the 2012 Big Ten Indoor Championships. The Badgers made history again when the trio again swept the top three spots in the heptathlon at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships.
Flax concluded her outdoor career with back-to-back Big Ten championships in the heptathlon in 2011 and 2012, while Akinniyi claimed three consecutive conference titles in the pentathlon from 2010-12.
Flax and Latham then carried the torch and ran the Badgers' streak of consecutive Big Ten pentathlon titles to five by winning in 2012 and 2013, respectively.
Together, Akinniyi, Flax and Latham combined for nine Big Ten championships and 10 first-team All-America honors in the multi-events, including Akinniyi's runner-up finish in the pentathlon at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships.
In addition to the multi-events, the Badgers have also produced Big Ten champions in the high jump (Monika Jakutyte, Megan Seidl), pole vault (Jenny Soceka) and triple jump (Chavon Robinson) during Davis' time in Madison.
UW's throws group has followed a similar script since Stintzi brought in assistant coach Dave Astrauskas prior to the 2010 season.
In 2012 alone, Astrauskas' athletes combined for seven entries at the 2012 NCAA West Preliminary Round, with Kelsey Card and Taylor Smith both advancing to the NCAA outdoor championships. Indoors, Card earned All-America honors as a freshman by taking sixth in the shot put.
Nine of the Badgers' top 10 performers all-time in the weight throw have been added to the UW list during Astrauskas' tenure. The same is true of the top three performers in school history in the indoor shot put. All told, Astrauskas' athletes have added 32 performances to UW's all-time indoor and outdoor lists -- including school records in five of the six throwing events.
Stintzi's program has been as well-represented in the classroom as it has in competition. In his 10 years, the Badgers have collected 269 Academic All-Big Ten honors between cross country and track.
Individually, UW athletes have earned 65 USTFCCCA All-Academic awards entering the 2013-14 season. The Badgers' cross country program has also been presented with the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team award in each of Stintzi's 10 seasons, while the track team has earned the distinction in each of the last seven years heading into 2013-14.
A total of eight athletes have earned Capital One Academic All-District honors during Stintzi's time at UW, with three going on to be awarded the prestigious Capital One Academic All-America distinction.
Perhaps nowhere is the Badgers' blend of success in both athletics and academics as apparent as in the fact that Stintzi's athletes have been selected from the entire student-athlete population at UW to earn the Big Ten Medal of Honor three different times. Katrina Rundhaug was named the winner in 2008, while Gwen Jorgensen claimed the honor in 2009 and Chavon Robinson was awarded the distinction in 2010.
From Athlete to Coach
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 Spartans 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 at the Big Ten championship that season.
The Spartans 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, Wisconsin, 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 Championships 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 UW with a bachelor's degree in art, Stintzi and his wife, Gail, have three adult children: Katie, David and Daniel. The Stintzis live in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.