John Gutekunst (pronounced GOOD-uh-kunst) enters his first season as an assistant coach with the North Carolina A&T football program. A veteran coach with 43 years of experience, Gutekunst will be responsible for coaching the Aggies’ inside linebackers.
His most recent stop was at Columbia University, where he served as the defensive backs coach for the 2010 season. The previous season, Gutekunst was the special teams coach and defensive assistant at East Carolina under Skip Holtz. Gutekunst helped lead the Pirates to the Conference USA title in 2009 while coaching Dwayne Harris, the Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Year, and All-American punter Matt Dodge. Dodge was drafted by the New York Giants in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Gutekunst served on the Duke staff as a secondary coach in 2007 and has made previous stops at North Carolina (2004-06), South Carolina (1999-03), Rhode Island (1998), Rutgers (1994-95), South Carolina (1993), Wake Forest (1992), Minnesota (1984-91), Virginia Tech (1979-83) and Duke (1967-78).
Before re-joining the Blue Devil staff for his second stint in Durham, Gutekunst served three seasons at North Carolina, coaching the linebackers as a co-defensive coordinator in 2004 before switching to the tight ends for his final two years. He added the responsibilities of assistant head coach in 2006.
Prior to his stint at UNC, Gutekunst spent five seasons coaching the defensive secondary at South Carolina. In 2001, South Carolina’s defense ranked second in the SEC as two defensive backs — Sheldon Brown and Andre Goodman — received all-league honors and were later selected in the 2002 NFL Draft. Gutekunst also coached All-SEC cornerback Dunta Robinson, who was chosen with the 10th overall selection by Houston in the 2004 NFL Draft. In 2000, the Gamecocks posted 20 interceptions while allowing a league-low five touchdown passes. Brown was named to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All-America team while Gutekunst earned Assistant Coach of the Year accolades from the same organization.
Gutekunst spent one year at Rhode Island coaching the defensive backs and kickers and two seasons as the defensive coordinator at Rutgers. Prior to joining the Scarlet Knight staff, he did one-year stints at South Carolina and Wake Forest. Gutekunst also spent one season coaching the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League.
During the 1984-85 seasons, Gutekunst served as defensive coordinator and secondary coach under Lou Holtz at Minnesota before beginning a six-year tenure as the head coach of the Gophers. He also was the Gophers’ head coach in a 20-13 triumph over Clemson in the 1985 Independence Bowl. In 1986, he led Minnesota to the Liberty Bowl in a season that was highlighted by a 20-17 upset victory over then second-ranked and previously unbeaten Michigan.
Prior to his time at Minnesota, Gutekunst was on the staff at Virginia Tech where he helped the Hokies to a five-year ledger of 36-20 from 1979-83. He joined the coaching profession following graduation and served on the Duke staff from 1967-78.
At Duke, Gutekunst lettered on the gridiron from 1963-65 under Hall of Fame head coach Bill Murray and served as team captain his senior season. He also earned three varsity letters on the baseball diamond from 1964-66.