Cross Country


Assistant Coach Eric Schmuhl

To contact Coach Schmuhl, please call him in his office at 440-826-2009 or e-mail him at

Eric Schmuhl '05 enters his fourth season of coaching at Baldwin Wallace University in 2011-2012. Coach Schmuhl is in charge of recruiting as well as coaching the jumpers and combined events athletes for BW's track & field program. He also serves as the assistant coach for the BW cross country program.

In his second season, Schmuhl established himself as an up and coming instructor of the combined events in Division III, coaching a pair of competitors to NCAA Championship Meet appearances and a pair of school pentathlon records.  Emily Oliver (Waynesburg/ Sandy Valley) scored a BW best 3,247 points in the pentathlon and went on to finish 15th at indoor nationals. During the outdoor season, Oliver scored a career-best 4,288 points in the heptathlon and provisionally qualified for nationals with the fourth best score on the all-time BW list.

Steve Price (North Olmsted) scored a school-record 3,404 points in the pentathlon in addition to automatically qualifying for outdoor nationals in the decathlon and placing 10th in one of the deepest fields in NCAA history. Price's 6,784 points at outdoor nationals was second in BW history to only three-time All-American Clint Cuny. Schmuhl also helped guide the Yellow Jacket women's cross country team to an Ohio Athletic Conference Title and a spot in the NCAA Division III Championship meet hosted by BW.

In addition to his coaching duties, Schmuhl also had the distinction of serving as meet co-director as BW hosted two NCAA Championships in the same year with cross country in the fall and the outdoor track & field championships in the spring. During both events, Schmuhl served as facilities coordinator.

Schmuhl, who earned an undergraduate degree in education at BW, returned to the College in 2008 after spending the previous year as a graduate assistant coach for track and cross country at Muskingum University, where he earned his Masterís of Arts in Education. In one season at Muskingum, Schmuhl coached four OAC Champions including one athlete who broke three school-records en route to qualifying for the NCAA Division III outdoor championships.  

Prior to coaching at the collegiate level, Schmuhl was an assistant coach for track and cross country for three years at his high school alma mater, Medina High School in Medina, Ohio. While at Medina =, Schmuhl coached the Bees to three straight Conference and District Team Championships as well as the 2006 Regional Team Championship that included five individual champions and three regional record-breakers. In that span, Schmuhl also coached his runners to 13 OHSAA championship meet appearances, nine school-records, four Medina County Records, and eight All-Ohio honors.

At BW, Schmuhl ran four years of indoor and outdoor track under Bill Taraschke and earned eight varsity letters. He was an NCAA Division III National qualifier for outdoor track in 2004 and 2005 and the 2004 OAC champion in 400-meter intermediate hurdles.  He also was a seven-time All-OAC honoree, a 2005 honorable mention Academic All-OAC selection and a three-time Vance Carter Award Winner as the Most Outstanding Male Hurdler.

Schmuhl has USATF Level II coaching certifications in jump events and combined events and is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

This page was last updated on July 29, 2010.
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