Al Petz is in his fifth season as the Blue Dragons’ cross country assistant coach. He also serves as an assistant for the Blue Dragon track and field teams.
The 2018 Blue Dragon cross country season marked the most successful season since joining the Blue Dragons. The Hutchinson men won the Jayhawk West and Region VI team championships and runner Andrew Kibet won the NJCAA individual national championship. Also, the Blue Dragon women were nationally ranked throughout the season. Combined, both the men’s and women’s teams had six All-Americans.
The 2019-20 season marks the 44th year in education and coaching at the middle school, high school and college levels. Petz has coached football, volleyball, basketball and track as both a head and assistant coach.
As a runner, Petz was part of a pair of state championship teams in 1966 and 1967 at Ellinwood. He was part of EHS school records in the 800, 4x400 relay and 4x800 relay. In college at Barton County, Petz held the Cougar 880 record and was part of a 4x400 relay national qualifying team. Running for Bethany College, he held the Swedes’ record in the 880 and 4x400 relay.
Petz graduated from Ellinwood High School in 1969, from Barton County Community College in 1971 and Bethany College in 1974. Petz earned his Master’s degree from Emporia State University in 1990.
Petz and his wife, Kathy, have two children Heather and Adam. The couple also has five grandchildren – Lauren, Jenna, Ellie, Madison and Mason.