JIM GARNHAM, SR. | ASSISTANT COACH, THROWS
Jim Garnham Sr. enters his 15th season as UB’s throws coach. He brings an impressive resume to UB having coached nearly 40 high school state champions, NCAA All-Americans and NCAA Regional and Championship meet qualifiers. During his time at Buffalo, he has turned the UB throws program into one of the best in the Mid-American Conference.
Coach Garnham has been recognized as the USTFCCCA Northeast Regional Coach of the Year 5 times for his athletes’ successes. In 2015 Jonathan Jones set new school and MAC league records in both the indoor and outdoor shot with throws of (67’6.75”) indoor and (68’ 7.75”) outdoor. Jones also earned both the Indoor and Outdoor MAC Championship Shot Put titles. Jones earned First Team All-American honors with both of his indoor and outdoor finishes, placing third and first at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championship.
With his first.-place finish in the outdoor shotput at NCAA Championships, Jones became the first UB athlete to win a NCAA National Championship title and the highest finish by a UB male athlete in school history. Jones is a six-time NCAA All-American and is also a member of Team USA, due to his 5th place finish at the USATF Championships, and represented Team USA at the Pan Am and the NACAC Games. Jones won the NACAC shot title setting a new meet record (67’ 4.75”). At the 2015 Outdoor MAC Championship the men swept the shot, the first time that this has been done since 1955. Jon Jones (66’ 7”) Devon Paterson (59’ 6.75”) Ryan Cribbin (59’ 4.75”) finished first through third, respectively. In the 2015 outdoor season Miranda Daucher had a personal-best throw in the discus (176’ 3”) as well as Taylor Woods’ threw 160’ 7”. Garnham’s athletes scored in the shot, discus, and javelin, at the 2015 MAC Championships. He also had five athletes advanced to the NCAA Preliminary Round.
Under Garnham’s tenure, the Bulls have competed in postseason competition at the USATF Junior National, ECAC, IC4A and NCAA Championship meets. Nearly all his men’s and women’s throwers have posted league championship, school or personal records. At UB, he has over 40 throwers qualify for indoor or outdoor regional championships. During the 2014 season Evan Palmer won the indoor MAC Championship weight throw setting a new school record (68’ 7.25’), in the outdoor season he set a new outdoor hammer school record of 211’ 8”.
Jacob Sunday won the 2014 MAC Championship javelin title throwing (224’ 4”). Megan Paterson threw a personal best, in the indoor shot of 52’ 3” and Rachel Roberts had a personal best, in the outdoor shot, 52’ 8”. In 2013 Shant’e White was the Indoor MAC Champion in the 20-pound weight throw (69’ 8”), which also set a school record. She also went on to the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor National Championships and earned second-team All American accolades and also holds the outdoor hammer record (206’ 4”).
In 2012 Rob Golabek threw the shot (64’ 9”), and Becky O’Brian threw the shot (57’ 6”) and the discus (193’ 8”) with both of them earning NCAA All-American honors. Those throws set school, MAC meet and League records. Golabek is a four-time All-American and O’Brian is a two-time All-American. Matt Gac earned NCAA All-America accolades during the 2011 season and is the first male track and field athlete to represent UB at the NCAA National Championships in two different events.
In 2010 Garnham guided Kristy Woods to NCAA All-America status with her third place finish (55’ .25”) in the shot, and is UB’s highest women’s finish at the NCAA Championships. In the same year Jacob Madonia won the Indoor Mac Championship shot title with a throw of 59’ 2”.
In 2009, Alex Stamatakis won the MAC indoor shot put and finished second in the National Greek 23-and-under Championships. In 2007, Tina Villa won the MAC indoor shot put title, while Stamatakis reached the NCAA East Regional’s. Garnham coached Sarah Vance to the 2007 indoor and outdoor NCAA Championships as she posted school records in the shot put and the discus. Vance was the first UB track and field athlete to qualify in two different events, shot put and hammer, at the NCAA Outdoor Championship. He also guided Faith Thompson to MAC records in the weight and hammer throws. Thompson also ranked 12th nationally in the hammer and 15th in the weight throw, which hit qualification marks for the 2005 USATF Indoor and NCAA Outdoor Championships. Thompson is UB’s first female athlete to be a first team Division 1-A Scholastic All American.
Garnham coached 30 years at the high school level, 10 years at Tonawanda High School and 20 years at Sweet Home High School. As a boy’s assistant coach at Tonawanda, he coached four state qualifiers and his throwers set records in the shot put (58-4) and discus (160-11) that still stand after more than three decades. At Sweet Home as a head girl’s and assistant boy’s coach he coached 17 state track and field champions. He coached Stacey Schroeder, who won the High School Indoor National shot put Championship (49-6) and the High School Outdoor National discus Championship, Schroeder still presently holds the New York State discus record holder (172-0).
Others under his tutelage include Steve Mesler, an Indoor High School National Pentathlon Champion and three time Olympic bob sled member for the USA l Team. In 2010 Mesler won an Olympic gold, in the 4 men bob sled, and was a member of the 2009 World Champion winning bobsled team. Garnham also coached his son Jim Garnham Jr. who was the former New York State pentathlon record holder.
Garnham also coached at his alma mater, Buffalo State, from 1979-81 as an assistant coach. While with the Bengals, he coached 17 NCAA Division III All-Americans. His throwers set top marks in the shot put and discus throws that remain school records.
Off the track, Garnham was a technology instructor in the City of Tonawanda school system, teaching eighth graders for 33 years.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Buffalo State in 1968 and his Masters degree in 1976. In 1968, as a member of the track and field team, Garnham won the Atlantic Coast NCAA regional championship, in the shot put, and finished fifth in both the javelin and discus throws.
Garnham is presently and still happily married to his high school sweet heart Sharon who he married in 1968. They have 3 children, Lisa, Kim and Jim and a grandson, Sammy.