Paul Koutz enters the 2011-12 season in his eleventh year as assistant coach for sprints, hurdles, jumps and multi-events and seventh year as recruiting coordinator forcross country/track and field.
Since becoming a full time coach in 2005, Koutz has guided his event groups to 45 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 2011, four of his hurdlers posted NAIA qualifying marks indoors and outdoors as well as breaking two school records over the barriers. Cornerstone hurdlers have been represented at each Indoor and Outdoor NAIA National Championship since Koutz's arrival on staff in 2002. The 2011 season also saw Koutz's first USATF Junior qualifier in the 400 hurdles. The sprint crew has delivered much success under Koutz's tutelage as well, which has included national qualifying 4x100 and 4x400 teams on the women's side and 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 six titles in seven years, including the WHAC record outdoors and has been represented at Indoor Nationals each year since Koutz's arrival and outdoors nine of ten 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 70 WHAC (Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference) individual titles and 14 relay championships including 20 WHAC meet records over a seven year/fourteen meet span. He has also coached eleven WHAC Most Valuable Athletes over that same time frame. At the 2011 Indoor and Outdoor WHAC meets, Koutz guided athletes to five individual WHAC titles, and one relay title as well as the Women's Indoor and 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 alsoselected as the team MVP on two occasionsand 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.