Jim Garnham Sr. enters his 17th 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 and the NCAA.
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. And, every school record has been broken multiple times in all of the throwing events.
In the last eight years, Coach Garnham’s male shot putters have won 16 of the possible 17 MAC Shot Put Titles, including 8 years in a row at the Indoor MAC Championships and 8 of the last 9 years at the Outdoor Championships. In the 2016 season, Ryan Cribbin won both the Indoor and Outdoor MAC Shot Put title, and in 2017 Devon Patterson won both the Indoor and outdoor MAC Shot Put Title. To say the list, the UB Bulls have dominated the Shot Put in the MAC! In addition, Miranda Daucher was the 2017 MAC Runner-up in the Discus with a distance of 171. Both Miranda and Devon advanced to the NCAA East Preliminary Meet.
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 married to his high school sweet heart Sharon who he married in 1968. They have 3 children, Lisa, Kim and Jim and two grandchildren Sammy and Bryleigh Ann.