Southwestern College athletic director Mike McCoy has hired Eddie Ortiz as the school’s new head coach of the men’s and women’s track and field programs.
Ortiz arrived at Southwestern from Texas Lutheran University, where he joined the athletics coaching staff in the summer of 2018. He served as an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s cross country teams as well as the men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field squads.
During his short tenure with Texas Lutheran, Ortiz wasted no time with success, guiding his athletes to multiple school records in the men’s 6K and 8K in cross country, and two SCAC All-Americans to go along with other school records in the women’s indoor 800 meters, 3K, men’s indoor 3K and mile, outdoor 3K and mile and Outdoor 5K. He was also a major factor in helping TLU to capture its third outdoor track and field conference championship in a row.
Before his stint with Texas Lutheran, Ortiz was the head coach for the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams at Warner Pacific University, a member of the NAIA. The Knights had their men’s and women’s cross country teams both finish in their highest place ever at the Cascade Collegiate Championships under Ortiz. He also helped lead the team’s top runner to a 12th-place overall finish that brought an All-Conference first-team honor and qualification to the NAIA National Championships.
Ortiz contributed in the fall of 2016 to Texas Tech University as a volunteer assistant for the cross country and track and field teams. He aided the team to a men’s first- and second-place individual overall finish at the Big 12 Championships. He also assisted the Red Raiders to a fifth-place overall team finish, tying for the highest finish in school history.
“I am very excited to join Southwestern College,” Ortiz said. “I plan to continue the success the program has had for decades and look forward to working with the athletic staff and giving each student-athlete a memorable experience as they obtain their degree.”
As an athlete, Ortiz competed collegiately at the University of Texas-Permian Basin. He was a four-year member of the cross country team and set school records in the 400, 800, 3,000 steeplechase, 4x100 relay, 4x400 relay and 4x800 relay. Ortiz was also a standout member of the swimming and diving team, where he set six school records and was a 10-time NAIA All-American, six-time conference champion and led the Falcons to a conference team championship title in 2008.
“Coach Ortiz brings a lot to the table as a coach and a person,” McCoy said. “We are thrilled to have Eddie join the SC athletic staff and look forward to the success he brings to the track & field programs.”
Ortiz received his bachelor’s degree in Communications in 2008 and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership in 2009 from tTexas-Permian Basin. Upon his arrival at Southwestern, Ortiz will also serve as the assistant coach to the men’s and women’s cross country teams.