Assistant Athletic Director, Head Track and Field Coach
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Appointed 2009. Mr. Brian Kula’s work in the department has continued since 2009 as he has mentored Head Coaches throughout the Athletic Program since his time as an Assistant Athletic Director.
Coach Kula’s time as the Head Track and Field Coach has brought the Program to prominence. The Boys team finished as the State Runner-Up in 2010, 2013, and 2014. The Boys have also won League Championships in 2010, 2011, and 2015, with the Girls Program winning their first league championship in 2015. In individual and relay events, the team has won 13 State Championships including an All-Colorado State Record performance by the 4x200m team of Christian McCaffrey, Bubba Watkins, Spencer Jamison, and Greg Popylisen. The program won the Golden Baton award in 2013 as the team that scores the most points in the relays at the State track meet.
Two of Coach Kula’s Track and Field athletes have achieved national prominence as well. MaryBeth Sant was an All-American and was ranked as the top 100m runner in the U.S. in 2013. Haley Showlater became the most decorated thrower in program history as an All-American in 2015 while also winning the gold medal in the 2015 Pan American Games in the Hammer Throw.
The program has traveled to the Oregon Relays and finished as that event’s team runner-up in 2013. This bi-annual trip to the University of Oregon in Eugene for the Oregon Relays is a highlight of the program in the co-ed scored event at Track Town USA and Historic Hayward Field.
Many of Coach Kula’s athletes have moved from the Valor Track and Field program into college opportunities since he took over the program.
In addition to on-track success, the Track and Field program has created an annual tradition of baptizing athletes at their program’s overnight retreat. They have seen 31 athletes and coaches make a public profession of their commitment to follow Jesus Christ being baptized in an immersion service by our own coaches.
Coach Kula also served as an Assistant Football coach during the program’s state championship wins in 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013. During the 2012 and 2013 seasons, he served as the Head Freshman Football Coach.
Prior to his appointment at Valor, Coach Kula worked at Littleton High School teaching Physical Education/Health. In his time at Littleton, he led the Track and Field program there to a state championship in 2009 (both Boys and Girls) and earned Colorado State Coach of the Year honors. He coached J.T. Scheuerman on the Lion Track and Field team who earned a state championship while winning the 400m all-classification championship as at the All-Colorado state record holder.
Coach Kula also coached Football while at Littleton as the Offensive Coordinator. He guided that team to three state playoff appearances and a 4A preseason #1 ranking in 2008.
Coach graduated from the University of Northern Colorado while competing in Track & Field and Football from 1991-1996. A two-time All-American, he finished fourth in the decathlon at the 1996 NCAA Outdoor Championships after placing fifth in the 55-meter hurdles during the 1994 Indoor Championships. Kula is still the school record holder in the 110 meter hurdles (14.03) and held the NCC record for most points scored in a single championship with 32. In 1996, Kula was named the USATFCA Regional Athlete of the Year, as well as the NCC Athlete and UNC Honor Athlete of the Year. He was also a member of the football team in his freshman year.
Kula was inducted into the University of Northern Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame. To view his Hall of Fame Tribute video, click here.
B.S. – University of Northern Colorado