Team Prep USA / RMXC Staff and Camps Training Group Organizer
Coach Lutz is in his 6th year now with the Rocky Mountain Cross Camps/ Team Prep USA
During the season Coach Lutz is a coach with Trinity University, after coaching at Albuquerque (N.M.) Academy for five years. During his seven seasons as an assistant coach, the teams won two state titles and were runner-up three times. In the fall of 2005, he was promoted to head girls cross country coach, and under his direction, the team won its first state title in 12 years as they placed five runners in the top seven at the state meet. Coach Lutz earned District and State Coach of the Year honors in his first season as a head coach. As an assistant with the track team, he coached two girls to multiple individual titles. During the five track seasons, he coached the distance runners to 13 school records. Nine of his former athletes have gone on to be a part of collegiate cross country teams. In the 2.5 years since Lutz arrived at Trinity, his athletes have set 20 school records.
Coach Lutz graduated from Michigan State University in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering mechanics. During his collegiate athletic career, he earned five varsity letters and competed at the 1995 NCAA Cross Country Championships as a member of the Spartan team. Since becoming a coach in 2001, he has earned coaching certification in USATF Level 1 and Level 2 in endurance events.
Coach Lutz is still a competitive runner, as he has qualified and competed in the last two U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, finishing 30th in 2004. He has a marathon personal record of 2 hours, 20 minutes, 55 seconds. In 2005, he finished fifth U.S. Marathon Championships, which was his fourth top 10 finish in a national championship race.