Jim Wendling is in his sixth season at the helm of the Canisius College women's soccer program. In his four previous seasons on the Golden Griffins' bench, Wendling has helped turn around the Blue and Gold, highlighted by the school's first MAAC regular-season crown in 2010 thanks to a school-record 14 wins. In his five previous seasons at Canisius, Wendling has compiled 50 total wins, with 22 of those coming in MAAC play.
The 2008 Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year, he is the first coach in school history to lead the Griffs to three-straight MAAC Championship Tournament appearances. In 2010, the Blue and Gold advanced to the MAAC Championship game for the second time in school history, and he helped guide a defensive unit that posted a single-season school record with eight shutout victories.
In his first year as Canisius' head coach, Wendling led Canisius to an 11-5-3 overall mark and a 6-3 conference record. In his second season, the Blue and Gold went 13-4-3 record and 4-3-2 MAAC action. The 13 wins in 2009 stood as the most for the program in one season until that mark was passed in 2010.
Wendling was named the fifth women's soccer coach in school history March 3, 2008. Before joining the Canisius team, he spent nine years as the men's and women's soccer head coach at Urbana University. During his tenure there, Wendling started both the men's and women's soccer programs and guided two student-athletes to All-America status. He also coached eight all-region players, two-conference freshman of the Year and 58 all-conference performers. Wendling led the women's soccer team to 72 wins in seven years, recording a winning record in five of the seasons. The men's team won 50 games in five years under his direction.
Wendling's teams have had as much success off the field as they have had on it. In the last eight years, Wendling has coached 31 Academic All-Americans plus 33 Academic All-Ohio student-athletes and 28 MAAC All-Academic honorees. Urbana also received the NSCAA Team Academic Award for five-consecutive seasons. Canisius, under Wendling's guidance, earned an NSCAA Team Academic Award in 2009.
Before leading the Urbana soccer teams, Wendling 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 girl's team before moving onto 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 been married for 28 years and 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, Ma. His daughter, Abby, resides in Dayton, Ohio with his son-in-law, Andy and granddaughter, Sophie.