Although the school has yet to formally announce the hire, Jason Schutz (left/photo by Paul Merca) has been appointed as the new throwing events coach at the University of Washington, replacing TJ Crater, who left for a similar position at the University of Arizona.
Schutz comes to Washington from Cal State Northridge, where he coached for the last four seasons.
At Northridge, he developed Mariah Counts, who won the 2015 Big West title in the javelin, and scored for the Matadors in two other throwing events at the conference meet. In addition to Counts, Monique Griffiths qualified in the discus and hammer for the NCAA West Preliminary round last season.
On the men’s side last season, his throwers scored in three of the four throwing events at the Big West championships.
Prior to CSUN, Schutz coached for two seasons at the University of Pittsburgh. Hismain focus with the Panthers was the development of the team's discus, hammer, shot put and javelin throwers. During Schutz’s tenure at PITT, the throws group improved dramatically.
Schutz joined the Panthers after serving a year as a volunteer assistant track and field coach at his alma mater, Colorado State. There, he helped oversee the training and development of 18 throwers in 2008-09. He worked alongside Brian Bedard, the head coach at CSU, who has accumulated over 24 years of coaching experience, and has coached 32 All-Americans and two national champions. Additionally, Schutz worked as a strength coach for the athletic department, assisting with the track and field team.
A 2008 graduate from Colorado State with a Bachelor of Science degree in natural resource management, he also minored in watershed science. During his collegiate career, Schutz was a three-time All-American, as well as an Academic All-American and team captain. He competed in the discus, hammer and weight throw events at the NCAA Championships.
Additionally, Schutz qualified for three USATF Outdoor Championships in the discus throw. He was also a 2008 Olympic Trials participant in the discus, where he threw 190-4 (58.02m) and finished 16th.
McGEE JOINS CRATER AT ARIZONA
In a coaching change that we completely overlooked, Matt McGee, who was the jumps and multi-events coach at Washington State, left the school several weeks ago to accept a similar position at the University of Arizona, joining Crater.
McGee replaces Sheldon Blockburger, who left for a similar position at USC.
McGee joins an Arizona staff that has a heavy Northwest connection, starting with associate head coach James Li, and assistant coaches Crater, Francesca Green, and Tim Riley, not to mention volunteer coach Bernard Lagat.
NOTE: The sports information office at Cal State Northridge and the University of Arizona contributed to this report.