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Paul Koutz enters the 2012-13 season in his first year as Head Women's Track & Field coach and twelfth 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 50 All-American honors, five National runners-up, and one National Champion. Over the 2012 season, Koutz guided All-Americans in the 60m hurdles, 400m hurdles, long jump, distance medley relay, Women's pentathlon, and Women's heptathlon. His athletes also combined for thirteen Freshman Records and eleven School Records over the 2012 span as well.
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 seven women All-Americans in the past three seasons. His sprinters own every CU Freshman and School Record indoors and outdoors, and has coached five All-American relay squads in the 4x100 and 4x400.
At the conference level, his athletes have amassed 73 WHAC (Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference) individual titles and 14 relay championships including 22 WHAC meet records over an eight year/sixteen 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 a daughter.