COLUMBIA, Ky. — Lindsey Wilson assistant football coach Mike Gutelius resigned on Thursday to accept the head coaching position at his alma mater, The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.
Gutelius spent all seven of his seasons at Lindsey Wilson as the program’s defensive coordinator.
“Mike Gutelius has helped us realize the vision of what Blue Raider football has become,” Lindsey Wilson head coach Chris Oliver said. “His contributions to Lindsey Wilson College have been enormous, both on and off the field.
“I am delighted for him that he has earned this great opportunity at Catholic University,” Oliver continued. “The chance to return and lead the program where he played in college is obviously unique, and I am confident that the administration at Catholic University has made an outstanding choice by selecting Mike as their next head coach.”
Gutelius led a Lindsey Wilson defense that helped the Blue Raiders record their first 11-win season in the program’s history in 2016. Lindsey Wilson participated in the NAIA Football Championship Series for a third consecutive time this season, reaching the national quarterfinals.
Three Blue Raiders have earned Mid-South Conference Defensive Freshman of Year honors under Gutelius’ tutelage. He has coached 20 all-conference defensive selections while at Lindsey Wilson.
Gutelius was named the 2015 American Football Coaches Association NAIA Assistant of the Year. His defense allowed just 224 points throughout the 2015 season, the lowest in program history. In 2014, the LWC defense led the NAIA with 45 takeaways, including a program-record 29 interceptions.
Off the field, Gutelius served as the program’s community and outreach coordinator. The LWC football program was awarded the Buffalo Funds Five Star Champions of Character Team Award in 2013 for its service in the community.
Gutelius graduated from Catholic University in 1992. He takes over a program that went 3-7 last season.
“His character, work ethic and commitment to the student-athlete experience will allow the Catholic University football program to flourish under his leadership,” Oliver said. “While we will certainly miss Mike and his family, we are excited for them as they enter this next chapter of their lives.”