New head women’s cross country coach selected

Corey Kubatzky
Corey Kubatzky

After serving as interim head coach of the UCCS women’s cross country team and distance and middle distance track and field coach since January, Corey Kubatzky was named to the position April 29.

Steve Kirkham, athletic director, announced the selection.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with student-athletes who have set a high level of expectation both academically and athletically,” Kubatzky said. “UCCS is gaining much deserved recognition as one of the best schools in the state and region and the athletic department has the potential to continue to rise to the highest levels of Division II. I am excited to be a part of, and contributing to, this progress.”

Kubatzky was a graduate assistant with the Mountain Lions from 2008 through 2010. He worked with the steeplechase runners and the women’s distance runners, including developing training plans, strength work and proper form. Kubatzky was involved in all aspects of the team operations at the time, including timing of the 2008 and 2009 UCCS Rustbuster Invitationals. He also worked with All-American Shannon Payne and All-RMAC steeplechaser Kait Frier.

After he earned his master’s degree in education with a focus in leadership, Kubatzky worked with the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project as an assistant coach. During his four years there, the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project produced Olympian Desiree Linden, three World Championship team members, 14 U.S. National Team appearances and 35 top-10 finishes at USA Championships. He joined Hansons Coaching Services and moved into the role of director of operations in 2012 where he managed a staff of five assistant coaches. He coached athletes to US Olympic Trials Qualifiers, personal bests and Boston Marathon qualifying times.

Kubatzky earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy-neuroscience-psychology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2008. While a member of the cross country and track and field team, Kubatzky also worked as a recruiting coordinator from 2005-08 and was the head clerk for the 2007 and 2008 Washington University Gateway High School Invitational, a meet with more than 30 teams and 1,000 athletes. He assisted the coaching staff in bringing in one of the largest and talented recruiting classes in program history. He served as team captain his senior year.

“We’re excited to have someone with Corey’s background and experience guiding our women’s cross country and track and field programs,” Kirkham said. “He worked his way through the search committee process like all of our staff members, and he stood out to us as the person to lead us into the future.”

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