Jonathan Koch enters his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Washington University in St. Louis cross country and track & field programs in 2018-19.
Last year the WashU cross country and track & field teams combined for five of six possible University Athletic Association (UAA) titles. The WashU women's program had three consecutive trophy finishes as well with cross country placing third, indoor track & field tying in fourth and the outdoor track & field team taking third. The WashU men's cross country team placed fifth, marking the second straight season the WashU cross country program had multiple top-five finishes.
During the 2015 cross country season, he helped the Bears capture the women's University Athletic Association (UAA) title and the men to a second place finish. In the 2015 NCAA National Championships, the WashU women placed fifth and the men finished in 16th place.
Track & field swept the UAA titles during the 2015 season in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Both indoor track & field programs placed in the top 10 of the NCAA Championships for the first time in school history, with the women placing third overall. The women's outdoor team also placed third at the NCAA Championships.
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 August 15, 2018