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(Grand Rapids, Mich.) Cornerstone University Athletics Department announced a restructuring of the Cross Country and Track & Field programs going into the 2012-2013 seasons.
Rod Wortley, head coach of the Men's and Women's teams since 1996 has been named Director of Cross Country and Track & Field. Assistant Track & Field Coach, Paul Koutz is now the Head Women's Track & Field Coach and Assistant Men's Track & Field Coach. Assistant Cross Country Coach, Nate Van Holten has been chosen as the Head Men's Cross Country Coach and Assistant Track & Field Coach.
"With the growth and success of these two programs we felt the time was right to restructure our staff in order to handle the demands of the programs and better serve our student athletes." said CU Athletics Director, Dave Grube. "Coach Wortley and his staff have done a tremendous job and these new changes will only enhance our opportunity for success."
As Head Coach, Wortley has presided over 28 consecutive appearances at the NAIA Indoor and Outdoor National Championships as well as 14 trips to the NAIA Cross Country Championships. Most recently the teams returned from the 2012 Outdoor National meet where the women took 12th and the men 19th.
"Paul and Nate have been instrumental in bringing our teams to where we are today," said Wortley. "As athletes, Paul scored the first point for the men's team at a National Championship and Nate was part of our first All-American relay team. Since then, they have had a hand in training most of our All-Americans and National Champions. Their dedication to the athletes and loyalty to Cornerstone has been outstanding. I'm pleased to see them develop professionally and keep them here as head coaches."