LVAC HEAD COACH (2007- 2012)

A Lehigh graduate in 1996, Jason returned to Bethlehem in the Summer of 2007, after a year as Head Coach of East Stroudsburg. At that time, he came out of competition retirement to take a shot at making the U.S. Olympic Team at 132.

However, age and family priorities convinced him to retire as an athlete in April, 2008. He’s currently entering his third year as as LVAC Head Coach and mentors our Club sponsored athlete, Matt Valenti, who has been ranked Top 3 at the same weight.

Kutz previous served as a Lehigh full-time assistant coach for two seasons (2004-06), plus a prior year as part-time volunteer while a Sargeant in the U.S. Army. As a freestyle wrestler, he competed for the Army out of Fort Carson, Colorado, earning extensive honors including a 6th, 3rd and 2nd at the U.S. World Team Trials from 2001-03.

He placed 3rd and 6th at the Senior National Open, finished 6th at the 2004 Olympic Trials and won gold and silver medals at the World Military Wrestling Championships.

Jason was a 1996 EIWA champion at 126, while serving as LU team captain. He started out 5-13 in duals, but over this final two seasons finished with 24 straight dual wins (6th-best in LU history at the time) and won 24 straight bouts into the final dual meet of a 33-4 senior year (final two years: 46-8). He also won a University National Freestyle title during his junior year at Lehigh.

At ages 13, 14, Kutz placed 1st and 2nd place medals in Greco-Roman in the Junior World Cadet Championships. In high school, he placed third at PA States.

Jason’s hometown is Altoona, PA and he graduated from Lehigh in ’96 with a B.S. in biology. Kutz and wife, Christen, a physician’s assistant, moved back East from CO in 2005 and have two girls, Payton (7); Emerson (3) residing in Bethlehem. —July, 2009

One of Jason’s spectacular freestyle throws