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Paul Koutz enters the 2014-15 season in his third year as Head Women's Track & Field coach and fourteenth year as the event coach for sprints, hurdles, jumps and multi-events.
Since becoming a full time coach in 2005, Koutz has guided his event groups to 73 All-American honors, eight National runners-up, and two National Champions. Over the 2014 season, Koutz guided All-Americans in the 60m hurdles, high jump, long jump, triple jump, distance medley relay, Women's pentathlon, and Women's heptathlon. Other season accomplishments included Tess Odegard qualifying for the USATF Junior Championships in the high jump and Brittany Green capturing the National Championship in the heptathlon. At the 2014 NAIA National Championships, the CU women achieved the highest team finishes in program history by taking 4th place indoors and 5th place outdoors.
His hurdlers have been represented at every NAIA National Championships, Indoor and Outdoor since 2003, while he has also had over twenty different horizontal and vertical jumpers compete at NAIA nationals. In the multi-events, Koutz has guided thirteen women All-Americans in the past five seasons. Koutz’s sprinters own every CU freshman and school record indoors and outdoors, and have coached six All-American relay squads in the 4x100 and 4x400.
At the conference level, his athletes have amassed over 80 WHAC (Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference) individual titles and 14 relay championships including 24 WHAC meet records over a nine year/eighteen meet span. He has also coached eleven WHAC Most Valuable Athletes over that same time frame.
During his collegiate Track & Field career at Cornerstone (1999-2001), Koutz compiled one of the most impressive resumes in school history. Upon graduation, Koutz held 15 school and conference records in the hurdles, jumps, and relays. He was honored in 2001 by being named the WHAC Outdoor Male Athlete of the Year, as well as taking 8th place in the 400m hurdles at the NAIA Outdoor National Championships. Koutz was also selected as the team MVP on two occasions and his senior year was given the school's highest honor winning the Golden Eagle award.
Koutz graduated from Cornerstone University in 2001 with a B.A. in Youth Education. He also currently holds two USA Track & Field Level II coaching certifications. He and his wife Jody currently live in the Grand Rapids area and have two young children.
Kevin Patterson launches into his thirteenth season as assistant coach for pole vault. Twelve of those years, at least one of his vaulters has qualified for the NAIA National Championships. Since 2001 Cornerstone vaulters have won eight conference titles
Patterson has also coached many state champion vaulters at Rockford High School and held numerous vaulting clinics, including the nationally attended Grand Haven Beach Vault. "I enjoy my family, and any sports, but mainly coaching kids," Patterson said.
A 1985 graduate of Central Michigan University with a B.S. in business administration, Patterson competed for three years as a pole vault specialist at CMU.
Nate Van Holten begins his first year as the Cornerstone University Men's Head Cross Country Coach after eleven years as an assistant coach for men's middle distance, distance and race walk events. In that time his athletes have broken every school record in cross country and distance events in track and set three conference records.
Since 2006, he has guided the men's cross country team to four NAIA National Championship appearances and the 2009 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference title.
In 2012, Zach Ripley, the 2010 NAIA National Champion in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, bettered the qualifying standard for the U.S. Olympic Trials in that event. Van Holten's men have owned the steeplechase in the WHAC, winning every year since 2004.
Van Holten also coach 2012 Olympic Trials Steeplechaser, Derek Scott to nine All-America honors and, the 2007 NAIA National Championship in the 1500 meters as well a spot on the 2004 United States Jr. National team while at CU. He has also had five of his athletes qualify and compete at the USATF Jr. National Championships. Altogether, Van Holten has coached 14 athletes to 32 All-Americans honors, two National titles, and six National Runner-up finishes.
During his collegiate career, Van Holten was an NAIA All-American 4x400 meter runner, competing in four national championship events and earning three WHAC titles in relay events. Van Holten received a master's degree in social work from Grand Valley State University in 2004 and completed his B.S. in youth psychology from Cornerstone in 2002. He also holds three USATF Level II coaching certifications as well as instructor training certification. Nate, his wife, Jane, and their two children live in Grand Rapids.
After 17 seasons as the Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track & Field Head Coach, Wortley begins the 2012-2013 school year as the Director of Cross Country and Track & Field. Since 1996 he has built a nationally recognized program producing the best runners jumpers and throwers in school history.
In 28 consecutive NAIA Indoor and Outdoor National Championships, 52 Golden Eagle athletes have earned All-America honors 106 times along with over 45 All-America Scholar Athlete awards. At the conference level, his athletes have won 154 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference event titles and six Team Championships.
Wortley was named NAIA Region VII and VIII Track & Field Coach of the Year for women in 2001, 2004 and 2005 and for men in 2003. He has also been selected as WHAC Coach of the Year seven times for Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field. He is the current the President of NAIA Cross Country Coaches Association and has served as the Chair of the Outdoor Championships Games Committee and been Head Field Event Referee at four NAIA Championship Meets.
Wortley graduated from Cornerstone in 1988 with a B.A. in English literature. He completed his Master's Degree in English/professional writing at Western Michigan University in 1992. He also holds three U.S.A. Track & Field Level II coaching certifications. His wife, Anita, is also a Cornerstone alumna. They have two children.