Coach Matt Koenigs
With seven years under his belt at Everett Community College, Head Cross Country and Track & Field Coach Matt Koenigs has built the EvCC distance running program into one of the Nation’s best at the JC level; his Track & Field programs are also on the rise. His Women's Cross Country teams have won six consecutive Northern Region Cross Country Championships (2007-2012) and in that same period of time have the longest active streak among women’s teams of podium finishes at the NWAACC XC Championship (2nd in 2007 & 2008, 3rd in 2010 and 1st in 2009, 2011 & 2012). The NWAACC Cross Country Titles in 2009, 2011 & 2012 represent all three NWAACC Women’s Team Championships in school history. In 2009, the Trojan Women brought home the school’s first NWAACC Title in any sport and did so in dramatic fashion where their 23 points represented the 5th lowest point total in NWAACC Championship history – a feat just barely surpassed by the 2012 team’s 22 points.
His Men's Cross Country teams have enjoyed a similar degree of success, winning seven consecutive Northern Region XC Championships (2006-2012) while also placing on the podium every year for the last six years (2nd in 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010, 1st in 2011 and 3rd in 2012). In 2011, his Men’s team won its first NWAACC Title and the school’s only men’s title regardless of sport where their 21 points represent the lowest point total ever recorded by an EvCC team at the NWAACC XC Championship.
The top 3 NWAACC finishes by both the men's and women's XC teams in 2007 ended a 23-year drought, beginning in 1984, without a podium finish at the NWAACC Meet by either program. In 2009, the Trojan Cross Country team also earned the school's first ever NWAACC Combined Cross Country Championship, which is awarded to the school with the lowest combined men's and women's team score; in 2011 the Trojans also won the last NWAACC Combined XC Championship ever to be awarded as beginning in 2012, Combined Titles were eliminated as a Championship awarded by the NWAACC Conference, though unofficially the Trojans would have won it again 2012.
On the Track, Koenigs has overseen the re-emergence of Everett Community College Track & Field, which was not a sport at the school when he took the Cross Country job in 2006. In 2008, the Trojans re-introduced Track as a distance only sport and immediately enjoyed a high level of success in the distance and middle distance events. In 2010, with only distance runners, the Trojan women placed 4th in the team standings while the men were 6t. In 2011, the team expanded to incorporate the full compliment of events and the team has grown steadily in its first three years back as a full program – in each of the last two years both the men’s and women’s teams have placed among the Conference’s top 5 at the NWAACC Championships.
In his seven years, the Track & XC programs have seen 64 All-American, 109 All-NWAACC and 62 N. Region First Team performances while also producing nine individual NWAACC Champions. Koenigs’ NWAACC Champions include 2011 XC Champion Bereket Piatt, 2009 10,000m Champion Megan Hall, 2010 & 2011 1500m Champion Seth Pierson, 2010 10,000m Champion Kelly Talkington, 2012 & 2013 800m Champion Kaitlin Fisher, 2013 3,000m Steeple Champion Catie Arrigoni, 2013 10,000m Champion Rachel Cundy and four-time NWAACC Champion Shawna Schooley (2009 & 2010 XC, 2010 3k Steeple & 2010 1500m). Under direction of Coach Mary Parker, the Trojan’s Field events program, which started back up in 2011, earned its first NWAACC Title in nearly 30 years when Janell Alyea won the 2012 Discus title. Koenigs’ programs have also produced eight individual champions at the Northern Region Cross Country Championship in Taneal Detschman (2007), Yon Yilma (2008), Emmanuel Contreras (2009), Bryton Reim (2010 & 2011), Shawna Schooley (2009 & 2010), Katie Strong (2011), Veronica Hall (2012) and Habtamu Rubio (2012).
In Cross Country, Koenigs has received Coach of the Year honors four times at the NWAACC level and on seven different occasions in the Northern Region. In 2011, he was named the NWAACC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year was named NWAACC Women’s XC Coach of the Year in 2007, 2009 and 2012. He was selected Northern Region Men's Coach of the Year in 2007 & 2009 and as Northern Region Women's Coach of the Year in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012.
Coach Koenigs enjoyed a successful running career prior to beginning his coaching tenure at EvCC. A standout runner at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, in 1998 he was the District 1600m champion and placed 6th at 4A State on the Track in the 1600m (4:21.98) and the 3200m (9:23.99). Koenigs was the Wesco 4A District Champion in Cross Country in 1997 and competed at the High School State XC Meet on three occasions. Also a successful swimmer, Koenigs placed 7th in 1998 at 4A State Swimming in the 500yd Freestyle (4:56.43). He competed collegiately for Western Washington University where he ran track and Cross Country for the Vikings from 1998-2000 focusing on the 1500m and 3000m Steeplechase. His athletic career, having been recently revitalized, is back on track and has expanded to include triathlon and multisport. Koenigs, who is coached by legendary Kiwi Barry Magee, was the age group National Champion at the 2012 National Aquathlon Championship where he qualified to represent Team USA at the 2012 World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand where he finished 4th in his age-group. In 2012, Koenigs was USA Triathlon’s #1 ranked Aquathlon athlete regardless of age group and earned All-American honors. He has been selected again to represent Team USA in London at the 2013 World Aquathlon Championships. In 2013, he notched a personal best in the 10,000m on the track clocking a 31:47.00 in winning the WWU Ralph Vernacchia Invite.
After earning his BA in Business Administration at WWU in 2002, Koenigs matriculated to the University of Washington School of Law. Graduating from law school and passing the bar examination in 2005, Koenigs chose to forgo a legal career to pursue his passion of coaching distance runners. Says Koenigs of his decision to give up a potential legal career: "Life is too short to do something that you don't enjoy. I love running and I love coaching; the choice for me was an easy one."