Kushiyama named head coach for cross country, track & field

Kushiyama named head coach for cross country, track & field

TACOMA, Washington – Lisa Kushiyama has been elevated to Puget Sound's men's and women's head coach for cross country and track & field, Director of Athletics Amy Hackett announced.

"Lisa's work with the program this past year earned her great trust and respect among the student-athletes," said Hackett. "It became evident in our process that she was the best fit for the position as we look to strengthen our numbers and team performance."

Kushiyama served as the Loggers' head assistant coach for both programs during the 2018-19 year, working primarily with jumpers and sprinters.  She helped guide AJ Johnson to the Northwest Conference men's triple jump title. The team also saw championship performances from Emery Bradlina '19, Matt Wells '19, and Colin Monghan. Bradlina claimed the NWC women's 800-m crown, Wells defended his NWC title in the men's 110-m hurdles, and freshman sensation Monaghan won both the NWC men's cross country championship and the NWC men's 10,000-m title.

In addition to her coaching duties, Kushiyama oversaw recruiting responsibilities for the program, bringing in the largest class in recent years. 

"I am extremely excited and grateful to be able to continue working with the cross country and track & field student-athletes at Puget Sound," said Kushiyama. "I would like to thank Amy Hackett for providing me with this opportunity, and (former head coach) Mike Orechia for allowing me to gain experience and learn from him."

Kushiyama is no stranger to the Northwest Conference. She was a two-sport student-athlete at Linfield, competing for both the volleyball and track & field teams. She also spent five years at Whitman College serving as both an assistant coach and a development officer. Prior to her time at Whitman, Kushiyama worked in finance in the private sector.

Kushiyama earned her Bachelor of Science in Finance at Linfield in 2008.  She is married to Puget Sound women's basketball head coach, Casey Kushiyama.