Kyle Kepler is in his 11th year as the head coach of the Utah women's cross country and track & field programs. Kepler's organization and attention to detail have allowed him to develop a solid foundation and create a competitive program that has steadily improved each year.
Kepler has coached four athletes to All-America honors at Utah. Amanda Mergaert was a five-time All-American, with her career culminating in first-team honors in 2013 in the indoor mile and the outdoor 1,500 as well as cross country honors in 2012. Langley Iverson (2011, indoor high jump), Brianna LeRoy (2012, outdoor high jump), and Rosalie Waller (2014, outdoor 800) have also earned All-America honors at Utah under Kepler.
Under Kepler, the Utes have had 37 athletes post 78 NCAA Outdoor preliminary qualifying marks, and sent nine athletes to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Mergaert (2011-13, 1,500) and Chelsea Shapard (2007-09, 400 hurdles) were both three-time NCAA attendees. Mergaert finished third in the 1,500 at NCAA's as a senior in 2013. She was the 2011 USTFCCCA Mountain Region Women's Track Athlete of the Year. Kepler increased Utah's NCAA Outdoor Regional Championships attendees from five in 2006 to 10 in 2013. The Utes have also sent two athletes to the NCAA Indoor Championships under Kepler. Mergaert (2012, mile) and Rebekah Winterton (2014, 5,000) have both won Mountain Pacific Sports Federation indoor track championships. Utah has set 17 outdoor and 13 indoor school records since 2006.
In cross country, the Utes qualified for the NCAA Championships as a team for the first time in their history in 2015. The Utes finished third in the region, their highest regional finish under Kepler, and three earned all-region honors. The Utes were ranked as high as 19th during the season. Kepler has had athletes qualify individually for the NCAA cross country championship five times. Mergaert was a three-time cross country NCAA qualifier. The Utes have had eight runners combine for 12 all-region honors while three runners have earned four All-Pac-12 accolades.
During Utah's six years in the Mountain West Conference under Kepler, the Utes won nine outdoor conference titles and two indoor titles. Shapard was a three-time 400 hurdles outdoor champion. Utah earned 23 outdoor and 20 indoor All-MWC honors.
Kepler's influence on his student-athletes is not just visible on the track, but also in the classroom. His cross country teams have earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honors eight years while his track teams have earned honors five times. His athletes have combined for 38 individual honors from the USTFCCCA between track and cross country. Lauren Endersen was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2008 and 2009, while Waller earned honors in 2014. Since Utah joined the Pac-12 in 2011-12, the Utes have earned 47 all-academic cross country and 63 all-academic track accolades, in addition to 62 MPSF all-academic honors.
Kepler is in his 17th year coaching at the NCAA Division I level. Prior to coming to Utah, Kepler served as Northern Iowa's head men's and women's cross country coach and assistant track