Jim Garnham joined the Notre Dame track and field staff as an assistant coach for jumps in the fall of 2008. With the Irish Garnham is responsible for coaching the pole vault, long, high and triple jumps competitors. He also helps coach the multi-event participants.
During his four years with the program, Garnham has helped coach Olympic Trials participants, All-Americans and all-BIG EAST performers.
Among the standouts include six-time BIG EAST pole vault champion Kevin Schipper, three-time BIG EAST pole vault champion Matt Schipper and All-Americans Maddie Buttinger and Mary Saxer.
2012 turned out to be a standout year for Garnham and his student-athletes, as Kevin Schipper won both BIG EAST pole vault crowns for the third year in a row, and was named an NCAA Indoor All-American after finishing fourth at the national indoor meet. He also earned a spot at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the event. Buttinger also turned in a strong year, finishing second at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships in the pentathlon, and then turned in an All-American performance at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a third place finish. At the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships, Logan Renwick won the triple jump title, while decathlete Ted Glasnow earned all-BIG EAST honors with a third place showing.
2011 saw Kevin Schipper win two more BIG EAST pole vault titles, while Justin Schneider earned all-BIG EAST honors in the heptathlon at the indoor meet. Buttinger earned a spot at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the heptathlon, finishing 12th in the event.
In 2010, Garnham mentored BIG EAST indoor champions Eric Quick (triple jump) and Schneider (heptathlon) and indoor and outdoor pole vault champion Kevin Schipper. Schipper went on to become an outdoor All-American in the event. Schneider (decathlon), Quick (long jump) and Buttinger (heptathlon) took second at the BIG EAST outdoor meet to earn all-BIG EAST honors. She later went on to compete in her first NCAA Outdoor Championships. Quick also earned a spot in the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the triple jump, marking the first time a Notre Dame athlete had advanced to nationals in the event.
In Garnham's first year with the program, the Irish swept the BIG EAST pole vault titles as Matt Schipper and Mary Saxer each won both the indoor and outdoor pole vault crowns. Saxer went on to earn All-America honors at both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships, while Schipper advanced to both the indoor and outdoor nationals. Schneider turned in a runner-up finish in the decathlon to earn all-conference honors, before advancing to the NCAA Outdoor Championships during the outdoor season, while Buttinger finished third in the pentathlon during the indoor season and second in the heptathlon during the outdoor season. Kevin Schipper also earned his first all-BIG EAST scroll, with a second place showing at the league's indoor meet.
In four years at Notre Dame, Garnham coached student-athletes have earned five All-America certificates, won 12 BIG EAST titles and earned 21 all-BIG EAST scrolls.
Garnham joined the Irish staff after a three-year stint as the field events coach at the University of Tulsa. During his tenure, he coached an NCAA qualifier in the shot put, a USATF indoor shot put qualifier, 17 NCAA Midwest Regional qualifiers, four Conference USA champions and 20 all-C-USA athletes. His student- athletes also set 18 school records at Tulsa.
Prior to Tulsa, Garnham served five years as an assistant track and field coach at the University at Buffalo, where he worked with multi-event athletes, javelin throwers and hurdlers. He coached a USATF indoor heptathlon qualifier, a Canadian Olympic trials qualifier in the women's heptathlon, two NCAA qualifiers, four NCAA East Regional qualifiers and five Mid- American Conference champions.
Garnham earned his bachelor's degree in history from Kent State in 1998.