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Irish hire new jumping coach

Laura Myers | Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Former Kent State decathlete Jim Garnham will join the Irish as an assistant coach, head coach Joe Piane said Monday.

Garnham will be the horizontal and vertical jump coach. His predecessor, Scott Winsor, left the Irish to take up a head coaching job at Fresno State University.

“Jim is a young, energetic coach,” Piane said. “We’re very excited to have him.”

Garnham graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor’s in history in 1998. He earned his master’s degree in secondary education from D’Youville College in Buffalo.

Garnham then spent five years as an assistant track-and-field coach at the University of Buffalo, where he was in charge of multi-event athletes, hurdlers, and javelin throwers. There, he coached a Canadian Olympic Trial qualifier in the women’s heptathlon, two NCAA qualifiers, and five Mid-American Conference Champions. His athletes also set 14 new school records.

His most recent job was a three-year stint as assistant coach at the University of Tulsa, which he left to join the Irish. During this time, he coached an NCAA qualifier in the shot put, 17 NCAA Mid-West Regional qualifiers, four Conference USA champions and 20 all-Conference athletes. He was also a party to 18 new school records at Tulsa.