CASPER, Wyo. — Casper College Thunderbirds men’s basketball has a new head coach in Shaun Gutting.
Gutting replaces former head coach Dan Russell, who is taking a position as a Montana Statue University assistant coach. Casper College announced Gutting’s hire on Tuesday, May 21.
Gutting was an assistant coach for the Thunderbirds last season.
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“Gutting is entering his seventh season as a college basketball coach, and his second at Casper College,” Casper College said. “During his first year at Casper, the team went 32-3 overall, won the Region IX championship, finished No. 6 in the final regular-season rankings, and made an appearance at the NJCAA National Tournament for the first time since 1996.”
“’There are no words to describe my level of excitement for being able to remain with this prestigious basketball program,’ Gutting said. ‘The Thunderbird basketball legacy is revered across the region and country and to be a part of that is a dream come true.’”
Gutting spent five seasons as an assistant coach at New Mexico Junior College before joining the T-Birds.
“In Gutting’s five seasons at NMJC, the program posted a record of 106-54 with three regional tournament appearances and one national tournament appearance,” the Casper College release continues.
Players he’s coached have gone on to Division I college basketball programs and six players from this season’t T-Birds team have signed Division I scholarships, the release adds.
“’Shaun has been an excellent assistant coach and we feel he’s more than ready to take on as head coach. He’s developed solid relationships with our returning players, and they all think very highly of him as a coach,’ said Casper College Athletic Director Angel Sharman.”
Gutting is a graduate of Colorado State University and a native of Fort Collins.