Coach Jim Schlager

Coach Jim Schlager, a resident of Canton, MO, has been a long time coach, a lifelong mentor to student-athletes, and a true ambassador of John Wood athletics. Starting his John Wood coaching career in 1998, Coach Schlager has been the rock that Trail Blazer softball has been built upon. His reputation to be tough, but incredibly fair, to his student-athletes has impacted 100’s of former Blazers as they started their intercollegiate career here on our John Wood campus. From overseeing game days at Park District fields, driving vans all over the country, and then playing a critical role in the development of our current softball facility, Coach Schlager is a Trail Blazer in every phase of the word. Coach was named Conference and Region Coach of the Year four separate times and is the all-time leader in coaching wins in the softball program’s history. His 14 year career at the helm of that program has led to numerous All-Conference, All-Region, All-American, and Academic award winners over the years. Jim’s daughter, Cathy, was one of those award winning student-athletes and he now joins her in the John Wood Athletic Hall of Fame.