Women's Soccer

Jim Wendling
Position: Director of Operations
Alma Mater: Dayton
Graduating Year: 1983
Experience: 1st Year
Email: jim.wendling@wright.edu
Jim Wendling Biography
Courtesy: WSU Athletic Media Relations
Release: 08/05/2015

Jim Wendling, formerly the head coach at Canisius, joined the Wright State women's soccer staff as director of operations in August 2015.

During his rookie season at Canisius, Wendling was named the 2008 Anaconda Sports MAAC Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year as he guided the Griffs to 11 wins overall and a 6-3 league mark, which allowed the team to qualify for the conference’s postseason tournament for the first time since 1994. After recording 13 wins and earning a berth into the MAAC Tournament in 2009, Wendling led CC to a school-record 14 victories in 2010 and its first-ever MAAC regular-season championship. The 2010 season also saw Canisius earn an appearance in the MAAC Championship game, where the team lost to Siena in overtime.  The Golden Griffins won 62 games, including 30 in league play, under Wendling.

Wendling’s teams were also successful off the field as a total of 38 players earned MAAC All-Academic honors since 2008. Additionally, the women’s soccer program at Canisius  received six straight National Soccer Coaches Association of American Team Academic Awards. 

Prior to Canisius, he was the head coach at Urbana and also spent three years with the Wittenberg women's soccer program, including serving as head coach during the 1995 season. In his one year as head coach, Wendling led the Tigers to its most successful season in school history and a No. 7 national ranking. He coached two student-athletes to All-America honors plus the Division III National Player of the Year.

Wendling started his head coaching career as the Miami Valley School boys head coach from 1990-92. He also served as the assistant head coach of the Alter High School girls team before moving on to Wittenberg in 1993.

Wendling, who is licensed through the NSCAA and USSF, also served as the NAIA Region IX women's soccer chairperson. He graduated from the University of Dayton with a bachelor's degree in education and a master's in physical education. He and his wife, Linda, have two children. His son, Justin, received his undergraduate degree from Wheeling Jesuit University and his graduate degree from Boston College, and now resides in Boston, Massachusetts. His daughter, Abby, resides in Dayton with his son-in-law, Andy, and granddaughter, Sophie.