Jim Schnur, a member of the Cincinnati coaching staff since 1984, was named the head women's track and field coach in 2002. He actively coaches the jumping and combined events, while striving to build the women's team into a highly competitive program that is equally good in all events.
During his tenure as head women's coach, Cincinnati has set six new indoor school records, 14 new outdoor records, and qualified the first woman to the national outdoor championships. UC has also had four NCAA Midwest Regional Qualifiers, four meet championships and four second-place finishes as a team, and a dual record of 8-2. He also helped train UC's first women All-American, Mimi Merrill, who placed eighth in the 2001 Indoor NCAA Track and Field Championships in the 20-pound weight throw.
Schnur graduated from Cincinnati in 1978 with a degree in psychology. He represented UC in seven national championships in track and field, competing in the 400 meter (five times) and the decathlon (twice). Schnur placed as high as 13th in the 400m and was fifth in the decathlon, setting in a new school record, which was broken by Chris Wineberg. After college, Schnur trained for the 1980 and 1984 Olympics in decathlon, and was ranked fourth nationally in 1982 by Track and Field News. Competing twice on the US National Team against the West Germans and the Russians, he was inducted into the UC Hall of Fame in 1992.
Schnur began his coaching career at La Jola High School in San Diego, Calif. while training for the 1984 Olympic trials. Since joining the Cincinnati staff later that year as an assistant coach, focusing on field events, Schnur has contributed to every aspect of the program from recruiting and scheduling to strength and conditioning as well as meet strategy.
Also stressing academic success to the athletes, three Bearcats have earned Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Medals, an award given to student athletes with a GPA of 3.75 or above, with Schnur as their head coach. In addition, 54 other academic awards were earned in 2003: 15 Topcat Scholars recording GPA's of 3.5 and above, 24 Bearcat Scholars with GPA's of 3.0-3.4 and 15 Conference USA Commissioners honor roll members.
Schnur is married to the former Denise Wanner. The couple has four children: Kelly (20), Katie (18), Audrey (15), and Jason (13).