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Paul Koutz enters the 2014-15 season in his third year as Head Women's Track & Field coach and fourteenth 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 73 All-American honors, eight National runners-up, and two National Champions. Over the 2014 season, Koutz guided All-Americans in the 60m hurdles, high jump, long jump, triple jump, distance medley relay, Women's pentathlon, and Women's heptathlon. Other season accomplishments included Tess Odegard qualifying for the USATF Junior Championships in the high jump and Brittany Green capturing the National Championship in the heptathlon. At the 2014 NAIA National Championships, the CU women achieved the highest team finishes in program history by taking 4th place indoors and 5th place outdoors.
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 thirteen women All-Americans in the past five 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 80 WHAC (Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference) individual titles and 14 relay championships including 24 WHAC meet records over a nine year/eighteen 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 two young children.