AIKEN, S.C. – University of South Carolina Aiken athletic director Randy Warrick announced late this week that Kara Kreutzer has been appointed as the new Pacer head women's cross country coach.
Kreutzer comes to USC Aiken after spending this past year as a student assistant coach for the Augusta State men's and women's cross country teams.
"I think Kara is a young, energetic coach who will hit the ground running with our program," noted Warrick. "She has been a part of a great cross country program at Augusta State and she will bring good knowledge and experience as a former collegiate runner to USC Aiken. Her background in the Peach Belt Conference will bode well for us as we prepare to host the 2011 Peach Belt Conference Cross Country Championship at Pacer Path."
A December 2010 graduate of Augusta State with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology, Kreutzer ran cross country and track for the Peach Belt Conference institution.
"I am so excited about working with the returning runners and recruiting some new student-athletes into the program," remarked Kreutzer. "I hope to implement training workouts to aid the team in being competitive and successful for the upcoming cross country season."
Kreutzer was consistently a top five scorer for the Jaguar cross country program under the direction of Adam Ward.
Kreutzer claimed All-Academic honors in 2007 and 2008, while also being named to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll after the 2007-08 athletic year.
As a member of the Augusta State women's club track team, Kreutzer is currently the school record holder in the 2K, 3K and 10K Steeplechase.
Kreutzer was also a member of Augusta State's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for all four of her years at the institution.
An extremely well-rounded individual, Kreutzer was a member of many other organizations during her time at Augusta State. She was a member of the Biology Club, the Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society and the Chemistry Club. Kreutzer was also a Student Ambassador Board member and a member of the Iota Pi Chapter of Alpha Mu Gamma.
She has also served as a lifeguard and assistant swim coach. She has also been a soccer referee.
Through the years, Kreutzer has participated in a plethora of mission trips and been the road race director for a myriad of different causes.
In February of 2010, she was the charity road race director for the Glazes of Glory 5K. The event benefitted the Make-A-Wish foundation. Last summer, she was the road race director for the Grassroots series, which benefitted the Augusta State cross country teams.
Just recently in January of 2011, Kreutzer was the road race director for Trot to Adopt 5K. The road race was set up to benefit Lifesong for Orphans.
Still an avid runner, Kreutzer has completed many road races on her own, including 13 half marathons, two marathons and the Augusta half Ironman.