Texas track and field adds Jim Garnham as assistant coach

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Jim Garnham will coach vertical jumps and combined events at Texas after spending the last two seasons at Purdue (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Lansdale

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas track and field head coach Edrick Floréal announced Monday that former Purdue assistant coach Jim Garnham is headed to Austin to join the Longhorns’ staff as an assistant coach. Garnham will coach the Longhorns’ vertical jumps and combined events.

“Coach Garnham will be an excellent addition to our staff and I’m excited for him to join our family here at The University of Texas,” Floréal said. “He has a tremendous record of developing All-Americans, conference champions and record-breaking performers everywhere he has been. I’m excited to watch him develop, educate and grow our student-athletes into leaders.”

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After a decade at Notre Dame, Garnham spent the last two seasons at Purdue, where was named the 2019 United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Great Lakes Region Men's Assistant Coach of the Year and coached a pair of All-Americas in Isaiah Martin (men's heptathlon/decathlon) and Janae Moffitt (women's high jump).

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“I'm really excited to be joining Coach Floréal's staff here at Texas,” Garnham said. “There's no school in the country that's like UT. It’s the cream of the crop and it’s where you want to be for track and field. I’m looking forward to working with our student-athletes, building relationships with them and helping them continue to grow in the sport.”

While at Notre Dame, Garnham mentored 14 All-Americas, 18 NCAA qualifiers, 61 NCAA Regional qualifiers, 17 conference champions, nine school-record performers and one Capital One Academic All-America honoree.

Prior to his time at Notre Dame, Garnham spent three seasons at the University of Tulsa, where he mentored an NCAA qualifier in the shot put, a USATF indoor shot put qualifier, 17 NCAA Regional qualifiers, four Conference USA championships and 20 All-C-USA student-athletes. In three seasons at TU, his student-athletes produced a combined 18 program records for the Golden Hurricane.

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