Paul Koutz enters the 2010-11 season in his tenth year as assistant coach for sprints, hurdles, jumps and multi-events and sixth year as recruiting coordinator for cross country/track and field.
Since becoming a full time coach in 2005, Koutz has guided his event groups to 41 All-American honors, five National runners-up, and one National Champion. Amongst his event groups, Koutz has qualified eleven different high jumpers to the NAIA National Championships and has returned with nine All-American honors including two National runners-up. In 2010, six of his hurdlers posted NAIA qualifying marks indoors and outdoors. Cornerstone hurdlers have been represented at each Indoor and Outdoor NAIA National Championship since Koutz's arrival on staff in 2002. The sprint crew has delivered much success under Koutz's tutelage as well, which has included national qualifying 4x100 relay teams for women five of the last eight years, and the 4x400 teams either indoors, outdoors or both since 2002 including three All-American squads over that span. On the men's sprint side, the 4x400 has been the school's most successful relay squad at the conference and national level. At WHAC Championships, the 4x400 has won five titles in six years and has been represented at Indoor Nationals each year since Koutz's arrival and outdoors eight of nine years including a pair of All-American relay teams. As a multi-event coach, he has had five different National Qualifiers which include All-American performances in both the pentathlon and heptathlon for women and decathlon for men. 2010 marked the first year that Koutz had multiple All-Americans in the same multi-event as his women pentathletes finished third and fifth place respectively at the Indoor National Championships.
At the conference level, his athletes have amassed 65 WHAC (Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference) individual titles and 13 relay championships including 18 WHAC meet records over a six year/twelve meet span. He has also coached nine WHAC Most Valuable Athletes over that same time frame. In the 2010 Indoor and Outdoor WHAC meets, Koutz guided athletes to ten individual WHAC titles, and both the Men's Indoor and Women's Outdoor Athlete of the Meet awards.
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 a daughter.