Brantley Lutz enters his first season as a graduate assistant coach with the Tulsa track and field and cross country programs. Lutz spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
At Trinity, Lutz coached distance runners on both the track and cross country teams. In his three seasons, he coached four All-Americans and guided his athletes to 27 school records. Lutz also helped guide the men's track and field team to three Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championships and the women's team to two SCAC titles. He also served as an assistant coach for the women's cross country team that made two NCAA Championship appearances.
Before joining the Trinity staff, he was as an assistant coach at the Albuquerque Academy in Albuquerque, N.M., from 2001-06. At the Albuquerque Academy his track and field teams won two state championships and finished as runner-up three times. In 2005, he was named the head coach of the girls cross country team, and won the state title in his first season. He was also named the District and State Head Coach of Year.
Lutz graduated with a bachelor's degree in engineering mechanics from Michigan State University in 1998. At Michigan State, he was a five-time letterwinner in track and cross country and competed in the 1995 NCAA Cross Country Championships. After graduating, he earned Level I and Level II USATF certification in endurance events.
He has enjoyed a successful running career, finishing in the top 10 of the U.S. Marathon Championships four times including a fifth-place finish in 2005. Lutz set a personal record time of 2:20:55 at the 2002 U.S Marathon Championships, and was a U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier in the marathon in 2000 and 2004.
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