MADISON, Wis. – Last August, the Wisconsin men’s and women’s track and field and cross country teams were combined under Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Mick Byrne. On Monday, University of Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez announced a restructuring of the coaching staff that eliminates the position of head women’s cross country and track and field coach, previously held by Jim Stintzi.
“We appreciate Jim’s efforts as the women’s head coach for the past 10 years but we feel that it is now time to have one head coach for our program,” Alvarez said. “We merged the men’s and women’s programs nearly a year ago and this is the final step to truly becoming a combined program.”
In Stintzi’s 10 seasons as the women’s cross country and track and field coach, 13 athletes combined to win 20 Big Ten individual titles. On the track, 10 different athletes combined for 23 first-team All-America honors, while five cross country runners earned six All-America honors. The Badgers thrived in the classroom under Stintzi, earning 269 Academic All-Big Ten honors between cross country and track and field. UW had 65 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic honorees, and were named a USTFCCCA All-Academic team 17 times.
Under the direction of Byrne, the cross country and track and field staff will now consist of five assistant coaches. Four of those positions are currently filled by Dave Astrauskas, Nate Davis, Kareem Jackson and Gavin Kennedy. A national search for the final assistant coaching position will begin immediately.