Pella Cross Country Coaches

We love our coaches! This coaching staff, since 2005, has worked hard to develop, not only a competitive team, but quality attributes in our young men and women.

High School Coaches

Coach CutlerDoug Cutler
Head Coach
1999 – 2000 Blue Springs (MO) Boys with Gary Parker
2001 – 2004 Blue Springs (MO) Girls with Heather Knudsen and Kara Wirth; 2001 – State Champions, 2002 – 2nd Place, 2003 – 4th Place, 2004 – 5th Place
2005 – Present Pella (IA) Boys and Girls with Robin Hammann, Mike Buchheit, Kari Pingel, Rob Hammann and Eric Pingel
2005 State Championships: Boys 15th [23 Participants] 2006 State Championships: Boys 13th, Girls 12th [44 Participants] 2007 State Championships: Boys 2nd, Girls 3rd [53 Participants] 2008 State Championships: Boys 2nd, Girls 10th [56 Participants] 2009 State Championships: Boys 1st, Girls 5th [75 Participants] 2010 State Championships: Boys 6th, Girls 3rd [88 Participants] 2011 State Championships: Boys 1st, Girls 3rd [103 Participants] 2012 State Championships: Boys 2nd, Girls 7th [127 Participants] 2013 State Championships: Boys 4th, Girls 4th [111 Participants] 2014 State Championships: Boys 3rd, Girls 6th [104 Participants] 2015 State Championships: Boys 3rd, Girls 2nd [74 Participants] 2016 State Championships: Boys 5th, Girls 3rd [71 Participants] 2017 State Championships: Girls 2nd [54 Participants] High School Mathematics Teacher
Blessed with an amazing wife, five incredible daughters and a son.
Favorite Race: Capital Pursuit 10-Mile:
September 17, 2006, 1:12:09 (7:13/mile)
September 29, 2013, 1:13:59 (7:24/mile)

Robin HammannRobin Hammann
Assistant Coach
Ran cross country (1) and track (4) in high school
4-year letter winner in cross country and indoor and outdoor track at Mid-America Nazarene University (MNU)
20 years cross country coaching experience (98-99 William Penn Univ., 00-03 Lynnville-Sully HS, Pella HS 05-present)
Coached 2 individual state high school qualifiers
Completed Des Moines half-marathon 2005 (1:53)
Completed first Marathon 2007 Grandma’s Marathon in MN – 4:13:28
Former Record holder at MNU 10K and 5K Indoor and outdoor
Two-time NAIA XC National Qualifier
NCCAA All-American 4×400 MNU
Son Micah Pella High School class of 2017, MidAmerica Nazarene University ’21
Husband Rob is a web developer for Vermeer Manufacturing, and huge Dutch XC fan–He is “the man” when it comes to our website and technology support!
High School Physical Sciences Teacher

Kari Pingel
Assistant Coach
Coach Pingel joins the High School coaching staff for the 2012 season. We are thrilled to have her. Coach Pingel is married and has four kids. Wade (2013) her oldest was a member of the 2012 State Runner up team and currently runs track and cross country for University of Northern Iowa. Jordan is a former Dutch runner graduating in 2014. Her daughter Kiki class of 2017 attends Central College. Annika, class of 2018, also participated in cross country and track and is now at Doane College. Mrs. Pingel is a 5th grade teacher in the Pella Schools.

Rob HammannRob Hammann
Assistant Coach
Four year high school letter winner and all-district cross country and track, All-State XC 1 year
3 Year letter winner track and cross country at MidAmerica Nazarene University
Heart of America Conference Champion in the 10,000 meter in 1996 along with his wife Robin.
3-time qualifier for NAIA National Cross Country Championships
Former Indoor 3 mile record holder at MNU
12 years cross country coaching experience (96-97 MNU, 98-99 WPU, 2000-2001 Vennard College, 2011 Pella Middle School, Pella High School 2014-present)
Finished Two marathons
Son Micah Pella class of 2017 participated in cross country. Now runs XC at MidAmerica Nazarene University.
Wife Robin teaches science at Pella High School and is a coach on the Pella Dutch
Licensed Minister in the Church of the Nazarene
Web Developer at Vermeer Manufacturing
Tech Geek for Pella Dutch Cross Country (website and photography)

Middle School Coaches

Bethany Tangen1999-2002: XC/Soccer athlete at Wartburg College
2002-2003: Created K-8 running club with 50+ runners in Belvidere, IL
2003-2007: Youth Strength Coach/personal trainer @Newton YMCA
2003-2007: Berg Middle School Girls’ XC coach
2007-present: Pella Middle School XC coach
6th graders’ science teacher @Jefferson Intermediate in Pella, IA
Married to one of the best vocal musicians in the state, Mr. Tangen; and we have 2 amazing children-Thomas & Tabetha!
Have enjoyed running since jr. high school and love to run for fun!