Jonathan Koch enters his fifth season as an assistant coach for the Washington University in St. Louis cross country and track & field programs in 2018-19.
Koch helped guide the WashU women to their fourth consecutive Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year award from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) in 2018-19. The Bears won the 2018 cross country national title, while placing second during the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons. The men also had program-best finishes during cross country (second) and indoor track & field (fifth), while placing 10th during the outdoor track & field season.
Last year the WashU cross country and track & field teams combined for five of six possible University Athletic Association (UAA) titles for the second consecutive season. WashU combined for 21 UAA event titles in 2018-19 and secured 24 All-American finishes. The cross country teams had seven All-American finishes en route to a national title for the women and runner-up finish for the men.
Since his hire, Koch has helped guide the Bears to numerous accolades and accomplishments highlighted by national titles by the WashU women in cross country (2018), indoor track & field (2017) and outdoor track & field (2017).
Koch joined the Bears' staff after serving as the assistant varsity cross country, swimming and track & field coach at Wesleyan School in Atlanta for three years. While at Wesleyan School, he helped guide four teams to Georgia High School Association (GHSA) state championships, while also coaching multiple individual state champions.
As an undergraduate at Davidson College in Davidson, N.C., Koch was a four-year member of the cross country and indoor and outdoor track & field teams from 2007-11. He was an academic all-conference honoree. A native of Baltimore, Md., Koch was a four-time captain for the cross country and indoor and outdoor track & field teams at Gilman School.
Koch graduated with a bachelor's degree in English from Davidson in May 2011. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in English literature at Washington University.
Updated July 12, 2019