Wisconsin coach Schuman to resign after season

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Jim Schuman, the head men’s coach at the University of Wisconsin for the past eight years, will resign after the 2011 season to pursue other interests.

A search for Schuman’s replacement will begin immediately.

“I’m very appreciative of all the time and effort Jim has put into our golf program,” said athletic director Barry Alvarez in a statement. “Jim is truly a class individual, a good person, and our program, as well as University Ridge Golf Course, is better as a result of Jim’s involvement over the past eight seasons. He has given us a good vision for the future, and I wish him nothing but the best as he moves on to a new chapter in his life.”

Schuman, a 2009 inductee into the Wisconsin Golf Hall of Fame, guided the Badgers to an NCAA regional berth in both 2007 and 2008, the first time that occurred in back-to-back seasons since 1990-92. Schuman also coached Dan Woltman to second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2008 and 2009. Woltman qualified for the NCAA Championship in 2007 and 2008.

“I would like to thank all of my players, fellow coaches and everyone involved with Wisconsin athletics for their support over the past eight years,” Schuman said. “I look forward to the challenges and opportunities of opening up a new golf academy here in Madison. I believe this position will help me continue to grow as both a teacher and player, while at the same time allowing me to help in the development of players for our golf programs.”

The Badgers will take part in the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate in Columbus, Ohio, before heading to the Big Ten Championship at the Kampen Golf Course in West Lafayette, Ind., at the end of this month.

Wisconsin is No. 181 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.

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