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Paul Koutz enters the 2013-14 season in his second year as Head Women's Track & Field coach and thirteenth 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 63 All-American honors, six National runners-up, and one National Champion. Over the 2013 season, Koutz guided All-Americans in the 60m hurdles, 100m hurdles, 400m, long jump, distance medley relay, 4x400m relay, Women's pentathlon, and Women's heptathlon. He also coached Deon Fox to the USATF Junior National Championships in the decathlon.
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 ten women All-Americans in the past four 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 75 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.