In his 15th year at the helm of the Cornerstone University Cross Country and Track & Field teams, Coach Wortley has built a nationally recognized program producing the best runners, jumpers and throwers in school history. Every year he has taken athletes to the National Athletic Intercollegiate Association (NAIA) National Championships and over 100 times they have returned with All-America honors along with over 40 All-America Scholar Athlete awards. His athletes have also earned 136 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) event titles.
Wortley was named NAIA Region VII and VIII track & field Coach of the Year for women in 2001, ‘04 and ‘05 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.
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.
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.
Nate Van Holten begins his ninth year 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.
In 2009 Van Holten guided the men's cross country team to their first WHAC title and third NAIA National Championship appearance since 2006. The 2010 track & field season was also productive with Zach Ripley winning the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and Kris Shear and Janelle Brown qualifying for the USA Track & Field National Championships in the race walk.
Van Holten also guided Cornerstone's top distance runner, Derek Scott, to nine All-America honors, the 2007 NAIA National Championship in the 1500 meters and a spot on the 2004 United States Jr. National team. He has also had four of his athletes qualify and compete at the USATF Jr. National Championships. Altogether, Van Holten has coached 35 All-Americans, 2 to National titles, and 4 to 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 son live in Grand Rapids.
Kevin Patterson launches into his
eleventh season as assistant coach for pole vault. Each season at least one of
his vaulters has qualified for the NAIA National Championships. Since 2001
Cornerstone vaulters have won eight conference titles
For 12 years Patterson has 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.
Patterson works for Gordon Food Service in Grand Rapids. He lives in Rockford, Mich. with his wife, Patti, and their two children.