July 17, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. -- After six seasons with the University of Oklahoma track and field program, Brian Blutreich will remain on staff as the throws coach, OU head coach Jim VanHootegem announced Wednesday.
In his time at OU, Blutreich has coached two Olympians, six NCAA national champions, 26 All-Americans, 19 Big 12 Conference championships and nine current school record holders. Blutreich has twice been named National Assistant Coach of the Year (in 2004 and 2007) during his career, which also includes stints at the University of Santa Barbara (1994-96) and the University of North Carolina (1996-2007).
"We are pleased that Coach Blutreich has agreed to remain at OU and continue to build a great tradition of success in the throwing events," VanHootegem said.
Most recently, Blutreich helped Tia Brooks, who competed from 2010-13, to one of the most decorated careers in OU history. Under Blutreich's guidance, Brooks claimed four national titles, seven All-America honors and five Big 12 titles in the indoor and outdoor shot put. In 2012, she earned an Olympic berth.
VanHootegem has known Blutreich for 15 years ever since becoming acquainted with his father, the late Len Blutreich, who was a longtime coach at Concordia University Irvine in California.
There are two things that stand out the most about Blutreich's coaching, VanHootegem shared.
"The first is that his athletes have enjoyed success in every discipline of throws," VanHootegem stated. "The other is that his athletes are ferocious competitors. If you wanted to beat an Oklahoma thrower you better be ready to go. Being in the Big 12 together for five seasons, I had a front row seat to watching a lot of Sooners win Big 12 Championships in the throws."
Before coming to Norman, Blutreich spent 11 seasons as the men's assistant head coach at the University of North Carolina. There, he helped the Tar Heels become one of the nation's premier collegiate throws programs, coaching seven individual NCAA champions, 30 All-Americans, 45 Atlantic Coast Conference event champions and 112 All-ACC performers.
Blutreich was a discus finalist at the World University Games in Sheffield, England, in 1991. Later, he coached his wife, Lynda Lipson-Blutreich, to becoming a three-time U.S. champion in the javelin. She competed in the 2000 Olympics, has been on two World Championship and two Pan American teams, and is a former American record holder. Blutreich also served as the men's throws coach for Team USA at the 2002 World Junior Championships in Kingston, Jamaica.
Blutreich, from Mission Viejo, Calif., attended UCLA from 1986-90. There he earned All-America honors three times each in the shot put and discus. In 1989 and 1990, he won back-to-back Pac-10 discus titles. He graduated from UCLA in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in psychology.