Lisa Klingshirn is entering her first year as the head coach of the Oilers men's and women's cross country teams after serving 20 years as an assistant. She is also the associate head coach for the Oilers men's and women's track and field teams and will be entering her 24th year in that role during the 2013-14 campaign.
Klingshirn’s athletes currently own 19 of 23 school records in the distance events in indoor and outdoor track & field. Her cross country teams have also been regionally and nationally ranked including a women’s team that qualified for the 2006 NCAA II national championships. Her men’s 4x800m relay captured the NAIA national championships in 1998 and the women followed suit in 2000.
Klingshirn was named the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Assistant Coach of the Year for the Great Lakes Region in 2007.
Administratively, Klingshirn is vital to the success of the many home indoor competitions hosted in the Malcolm Athletic Center on an annual basis. Klingshirn’s efforts have resulted in efficient and timely-run meets whether a large open meet or a championship-caliber competition
Klingshirn is a member of the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. She currently serves as secretary on the NCAA Division II Cross Country Executive Committee and is a member of the Awards Committee. She previously served as the cross country GLIAC conference representative for three years. She is also a member of USA Track & Field (USATF).
Klingshirn is also an Instructor in the College of Health Professions at The University of Findlay. She is also a member of the university’s athletic Hall of Fame committee. Klingshirn previously served as the Senior Woman Administrator in the athletic department (1996-1999) and was UF’s head volleyball coach for two seasons (1991-1992).
A native of northwestern Ohio, Klingshirn attended Holgate High School where she was a two-time state qualifier in track & field. She graduated from Malone College in 1987 with a degree in physical education and biology. During the 1987-88 school year, she was voted the Malone College Outstanding Physical Education student. As an athlete, Klingshirn earned NAIA All-American honors in cross country and was an Academic All-American in cross country and track & field.
Klingshirn earned her master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of South Carolina where she was a graduate assistant in the department of exercise science.