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Jim Stintzi
Jim Stintzi

Head Coach

9th Season

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Build a winning program -- that is the goal of the Wisconsin women's cross country and track and field programs under eighth-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.

Contact Coach Stintzi: js5@athletics.wisc.edu

Jim Stintzi
Stintzi by the Numbers (at Wisconsin)
NCAA Championship Place Finishes
• Cross Country 4
• Track 4
Individual Awards
• Cross Country 3 athletes earning 4 honors
• Track 8 athletes earning 13 honors
• Cross country 23
• Track 16
Big Ten Champs
• Track 4 athletes winning 5 titles
All-Big Ten
• Cross Country 9
• Track 12
Big Ten Freshman of the Year
• Cross Country 1
Academic Honors
CoSIDA Academic All-Americans 2
USTFCCA Team All-Academic
• Cross Country 1
• Track 1
USTFCCA All-Academic (since 2007)
• Cross Country 5
• Track 33
Academic All-Big Ten
• Cross Country 33
• Track 116
Big Ten Medal of Honor
• Track 3

Prior to last season, the Wisconsin cross country team had qualified for the NCAA championship in four consecutive 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 boasted three cross country All-Americans under Stintzi, including 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 23 all-region and nine All-Big Ten honors in cross country under Stintzi.

Wisconsin has also seen considerable improvement on the track during Stintzi's tenure, including a third-place finish at the 2010 Big Ten Outdoor Championship. That bronze medal finish is the school's best since 2000. The Badgers have scored in three NCAA indoor meets and have scored in two of the last three NCAA Outdoor championships. The UW has qualified athletes to all but one national championship during the Stintzi era.

Stintzi has seen eight athletes earn a total of 13 All-America honors on the track in his five 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 coached seven conference champions and 10 All-Big Ten honorees.

Stintzi's athletes have also made their marks on the UW record books. In only six years under Stintzi's guidance, 21 Wisconsin records have fallen and numerous Badgers have moved onto the top-10 performance lists.

The Badgers also have been outstanding academically, with 33 student-athletes earning All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association over the past four seasons, including six in 2010.

That includes Katrina Rundhaug and Gwen Jorgenson who also earned Academic All-America honors in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Rundhaug, Jorgenson and Chavon Robinson have each also won the Big Ten Medal of Honor, giving Wisconsin Track & Field three consecutive Medal of Honor winners.

In six years at the helm, Stintzi's Wisconsin track athletes have picked up 116 Academic All-Big Ten honors, including a program-best 27 in 2008.

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, David and Daniel. The Stintzis live in Sun Prairie, Wis.

Stintzi Year-by-Year Women's Cross Country
Year School Conference Championship NCAA Regional NCAA Championship
2010 Wisconsin 7th 10th Indiv.
2009 Wisconsin 10th 12th Indiv.
2008 Wisconsin 2nd 2nd 21st
2007 Wisconsin 6th 3rd 20th
2006 Wisconsin 2nd 2nd 4th
2005 Wisconsin 6th 3rd 20th
2004 Wisconsin 8th 8th Indiv.
2003 Michigan State 2nd 3rd 17th
2002 Michigan State 2nd 3rd 12th
2001 Michigan State 1st 1st 11th
2000 Michigan State 6th 5th Indiv.
1999 Michigan State 4th 2nd 14th

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