Jim Stintzi joined the Charleston Southern coaching staff as the Director of Track & Field and Cross Country in the summer of 2016.
CSU's programs have made strides throughout his tenure with the Buccaneers including men's cross country's first appearance in the NCAA Regionals since the 1994 season, as well as athletes advancing to the NCAA Regionals in Outdoor Track.
The 2018 Outdoor Championships showcased the advancement of both programs in the second year of Stintzi's leadership. Both teams were in contention for a spot in the top-two throughout the three-day event in High Point highlighted by Vincent Johnson's 110m championship, while senior sprinter Jasmine Pilgrim was on the podium four separate times to highlight the teams' third-place finishes. Freshman distance runner Fearghal Curtin advanced to the NCAA Regionals in the 5000m race.
The 2018 Indoor Championships once again showcased the increased depth in the CSU lineup as the women's team finished fifth in the Championships after being paced by four podium finishes from the squad. Caroline Edmondson (2nd - Pentathlon), Diamond Rush (2nd, 60m), Milan Williams (2nd - Weight Throw), Tamara Damjanovic (2nd, Triple Jump) all were among the top finishers in the conference in their respective events. The men's team placed nine athletes on the podium on their way to placing third overall at the Indoor Championships. CSU had athletes finish in the top three in the high jump, 60m hurdles, weight throw, triple jump, 3000m, 4x400m relay, shot put, and 5000m race to pace CSU to the top three team finish in the conference.
Paced by fresh youth and enthusiasm, the Buccaneers' men's cross country team reached new heights in 2017 that culminated in CSU advancing to the NCAA Regionals. CSU finished third in the Big South men's cross country championships paced by All-Conference performers Jeryck Wilson and Fearghal Curtin. It was the highest finish for the team since the 1994 season and led to a 21st place result at the NCAA Southeast Regional meet. The women's program also saw two athletes advance to the NCAA Regionals with Georgina Russell and Taylor Barnes both representing the CSU Blue and Gold after finishing seventh in the conference championships.
The Charleston Southern track program also made a major resurgence over his first season with the program as the women's team placed fourth in both the Big South Indoor and Outdoor Championships. The women's team captured seven combined podium finishes in the indoor and outdoor seasons paced by Caroline Edmondson's second-place finish in the heptathlon, as well as the 4x100m relay team winning the Big South Outdoor Championship. The men finished fourth in both the indoor and the outdoor championships with CSU claiming top honors in the long jump (Niegel Simmons - Indoor) and 100m dash (Joshua Paramore - Outdoor). The Bucs also hosted two meets at the Bagwell-Settle Track Complex for the first time, including the 2017 Big South Outdoor Championships.
The young Buccaneers' men's cross country team made strides in the 2016 season that culminated in a 10th place result at the Big South Championships. The women's side also battled through youth in the first season with CSU finishing ninth at the conference championships.
Stintzi comes to CSU with an extensive resume that includes 30 years worth of head coaching experience at Michigan State University and the University of Wisconsin. He will serve as head coach of the Bucs' men's track and field and cross country teams and will oversee all operations of the men's and women's programs.
"I am excited and grateful to be Director of Track here at Charleston Southern," Stintzi said. "I am looking forward to meeting challenges and improving our track program and am also eager to capitalize on the opportunities at CSU. The university's culture and mission, excellent facilities for track and field and location in Charleston give us a good chance to be successful and have a consistent program."
Stintzi most recently led Wisconsin's women's track and field and cross country teams from 2004-2014. He piloted the men's cross country program at Michigan State from 1984-2004 and also led the women's cross country team for his final five years with the Spartans. Stintzi assisted the men's track and field program for all 20 years of his tenure at Michigan State and held the same title with the women's team from 1999-2004.
Highlights of Stintzi's career include a 2001 Big Ten Conference Women's Cross Country title, a 1999 Big Ten Men's Track championship and a 1998 men's NCAA Regional crown – all achieved at Michigan State. Stintzi has directed 14 teams to the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships and has mentored student-athletes to 76 NCAA Division I All-American honors and 37 Big Ten individual championships. Fourteen times, Stintzi's programs have finished inside the final NCAA Top-25 rankings.
At Wisconsin, Stintzi guided women's cross country to four top-three finishes at the NCAA Regional and two runner-up finishes at the Big Ten Championships. Stintzi directed the Badgers to a fourth-place finish at the 2006 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. While at his alma mater, he coached student-athletes that totaled 20 individual Big Ten titles and 43 All-American honors.
Stintzi enjoyed a long run of success at Michigan State, collecting eight top-20 NCAA finishes. The men's cross country program had five top-three finishes at the NCAA Regional and eight times earned top-three standings at the Big Ten Championships. In five years at the helm of the women's program, Stintzi's teams finished top-three at the NCAA Regional all but one time.
A well-respected figure in the sport, Stintzi served as president of the United States Cross Country Coaches Association from 2001-2004. He was also involved in the community during his time in East Lansing, working as chairman of the Lansing Michigan Young Life Board.
Stintzi is a 1981 graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he completed a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts at the College of Education. He and his wife, Gail, reside in Summerville.