Chris Kwiatkowski
Chris Kwiatkowski
Previous College: Oregon '12
Position: Assistant Coach

Chris Kwiatkowski began his coaching at American University as a volunteer assistant in August of 2012. Under the tutelage of former AU head coach Matt Centrowitz, Kwiatkowski worked his way up to become the full-time assistant coach for the Eagles cross country and track programs starting in 2016. During this time, Kwiatkowski also balanced a professional road-racing career which culminated with a 77th place finish in the 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon.

Kwiatkowski has mentored multiple Patriot League Conference Champions and school-record holders during his time at American University, including:

  • Brendan Johnson ‘16 (2015 Patriot League Champion 10,000m)
  • Brianna Belo ’18 (2015 Patriot League Champion 800m and school record holder 2:07.53)
  • Liam Purdy ’18 (2017 Patriot League Champion 800m)
  • Men’s 4x800m Relay Patriot League Champions Indoor and Outdoor (Alaeldin Tirba ‘18, Ben Doiron ‘19, Matthew Rainey ‘19 and Liam Purdy ’18 – 7:31.30 – school record)
  • Joshua Ellis ‘15 (school record in the 3,000m steeple chase 8:58.68)
  • Mark Leininger ’13 (school record in the 10,000m 29:30.97)

Kwiatkowski is a 2012 graduate of the University of Oregon, where he competed in both cross country and track on the Duck’s national championship teams under Andy Powell. He was a multi-time scorer at the Pac-12 Championships in both cross country and outdoor track for the Ducks. A finalist in the 5,000m at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track Championships, finishing 15th, Kwiatkowski holds personal bests of 3:47.8 in the 1500m, 13:51.8 in the 5,000m, 28:56 in the 10,000m and 48:17 for 10miles. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology.

Kwiatkowski found his way to American through his best friend and college roommate – Matthew Centrowitz, the 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist in the 1500m. His connection with the Centrowitz family runs deep. He is the co-author of the elder Matt Centrowitz’s published memoir “Like Father, Like Son”. Kwiatkowski is from Bellingham, Washington. He graduated from Bellingham High School in 2007 as the Washington State champion in the 3200m with personal bests of 4:16 for 1600m and 9:05 for 3200m.