Peter Koumlelis enters his third season with UMBC after being named the assistant track and field coach in September 2011. Koumlelis arrived to Baltimore after three years as an assistant for America East rival Hartford.
“Peter is a great addition to our program,” Bobb said. “He knows what it takes to be successful in this conference and already knows our student-athletes well, so it’s a good fit.”
Last season, under Koumlelis' guidance, Amanda Deller successfully retained her crown in the shot put at both conference meets to complete her career sweep of the event, and was named the Most Outstanding Field Athlete at both America East meets.
In addition, freshman Vincent Rentzsch advanced to the NCAA Championships for the javelin. Rentzsch broke the UMBC school record in the event six times during the season, including his final toss of 70.88m (232’6”) at the NCAA East Preliminary to earn a spot at the national meet at Oregon.
While Koumlelis primarily works with UMBC’s throwers, but also has experience coaching horizontal jumpers and pole vaulters. Before joining the Hawks in September 2008, Koumlelis was an assistant at the Springfield College for four years.
During his four-year tenure at Springfield, Koumlelis coached numerous conference champions in the men’s programs, as well as multiple All-Division III New England, All-Division III ECAC and All-New England honorees. Additionally, he coached several national qualifiers and three Division III All-Americans.
Koumlelis graduated from the University of Connecticut in August 2003 with a degree in psychology and earned his Master’s of education in psychology in May 2006.