Eric Schmuhl completed his sixth season as the Head Track and Field Coach of Case Western Reserve University in 2017-18. Schmuhl was named head coach prior to the start of the 2012-13 season.
During the past four seasons, CWRU has compiled 80 All-UAA individual honors (38 women's/42 men's), including 20 UAA Champions.
During the 2017-18 season, the Spartans combined for seven All-UAA honors during the indoor season and 11 All-UAA honors during the outdoor season. Senior Danielle Kulpins qualified for the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. In addition, the Spartans claimed two individual UAA titles at the indoor conference championships and one individual title at the outdoor championships.
In 2016-17, Schmuhl led the Spartans to a combined 10 All-UAA honors during the indoor season and 18 All-UAA honors during the outdoor season. Junior Cassandra Laios was named the UAA Most Outstanding Field Events Performer in both the indoor and outdoor season, while senior Nate Wahner was named the UAA Most Outstanding Running Events Performer and freshman Dominic Oddo earned the UAA Rookie of the Year honor during the outdoor season. In addition, Wahner qualified for the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships in the 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash. At the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Wahner again qualified in the 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash, and also teamed with junior Andrew Ibibo, sophomore Joseph Cabral and freshman Jonathan Haling in the 4x400-meter relay to qualify in the event.
Schmuhl’s first two seasons at the helm of Spartan track & field were highlighted by a combined 12 school record-breaking performances (six women’s/six men’s) and a pair of NCAA All-America finishes for thrower Harry Weintraub.
Prior to arriving at CWRU, Schmuhl spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Baldwin Wallace, where he was in charge of recruiting as well as coaching the jumpers and combined event athletes for the Yellow Jacket track & field program. He also served as the assistant coach for the BW cross country program and a co-advisor to Student Athlete Advisory Committee. In his four seasons, BW produced 45 NCAA qualifiers, 22 All-Americans and 23 school records. In both 2011 and 2012, the Yellow Jacket men and women finished runner-up during the Ohio Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, marking the highest co-ed finishes for the school since the mid-1990s.
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 of 2009 and outdoor track & field in the spring of 2010. During both events, Schmuhl additionally served as facilities coordinator.
Schmuhl, who earned an undergraduate degree at BW, returned to his alma mater as coach following a one-year stint as a graduate assistant at Muskingum University. In just one year in New Concord, he guided four OAC Champions, including one student-athlete that broke three school records and qualified for the NCAA Division III Indoor Championship. Prior to his time at Muskingum, Schmuhl served as an assistant for three years at his high school alma mater, Medina High School.
While at Medina, Schmuhl coached the Bees to three straight conference and district titles as well as a regional championship in 2006. During his time, Schmuhl helped lead his student-athletes to 13 Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Championship meet appearances, nine school records, four Medina County records and eight All-Ohio honors.
As a collegiate student-athlete, Schmuhl was a seven-time All-OAC honoree with a 2004 conference title in the 400-meter hurdles and a pair of appearances at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championship in 2004 and 2005. He was also an Academic All-OAC selection and a three-time Vance Carter Award winner as the team's Most Outstanding 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.
He earned his bachelor's degree from BW in 2005 and a Master of Education from Muskingum in 2008.
Schmuhl and his wife, Heather, reside in the Westpark neighborhood of Cleveland with their daughters, Emma and Nora.