Lynn Nutt

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defensive coordinator / Linebackers coach

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Coaching Background

Entering his sixth season as Defensive Coordinator at Dordt University, Coach Lynn Nutt is back on the defensive line after coaching the linebackers the past few years. Coach Nutt added the title of Assistant Head Coach prior to the 2021 season.

Under Coach Nutt, Dordt's defense has routinely improved each season. Since 2016, the defense has cut over 26 points per game and 234 total defensive yards per game.

In 2019, Coach Nutt’s defense was #1 in the country in regular season takeaways (34 in 10 games) and #1 in the GPAC in passing yards per game, in addition to ranking in the top-four in the GPAC in points per game, pass defense efficiency, opponent first downs, and third down success. The 2019 Defense also had the program’s first ever First-Team All-Conference selection in 2019 junior defensive lineman, David Kacmarynski.

2020 was the best defensive season in program history so far, highlighted by ranking #1 in the country in quarterback sacks (41 in 10 regular season games), and also ranking #1 in the GPAC in total defense per game, pass yards per game, third down percentage, and fourth down percentage.

While at Dordt, Coach Nutt has coached multiple post season award honorees, most recently 2020 First-Team All-Conference defensive end David Kacmarynski and First-Team All-Conference defensive back Nathan Kabongo; 2020 Second-Team All-Conference linebacker Josh Mrazek; and 2020 Honorable Mention defensive linemen Jake Beukelman and Colyn Oostenink.

Nutt has also coached multiple record holders at Dordt, including:

Season & Career Tackles For Loss – David Kacmarynski

Career Sacks – David Kacmarynski

Season & Career Interceptions – Nathan Kabongo

Season Sacks – Colyn Oostenink

Before Dordt University, Nutt spent two seasons (2014-2015) as a Defensive Graduate Assistant at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where he helped coach Oakland Raider Defensive End Maxx Crosby and Tampa Bay Buccaneer Defensive Lineman Patrick O’Connor. Before that, he spent one season (2013) coaching the defensive line at his alma mater William Jewell College (Liberty, Missouri). Nutt was the head coach and offensive coordinator for the Clopton-Elsberry IndianHawks in 2012 at Pike County High School (Clarksville, Missouri) after serving as defensive coordinator in 2011. Nutt got his coaching start as an assistant coach at the Fair Grove School District (Fair Grove, Missouri) in 2009-2010, coaching a mixture of the varsity offensive line, defensive line, linebackers, tight ends, as well as serving as the middle school defensive coordinator and head coach.

Coaching Philosophy

I believe the game of football is the best thing outside of the United States Military to help develop a young man into a man who can go out and impact his family and community in a positive manner. I love using the game of football as a platform to teach young men about Christ and about leadership, sacrifice, dedication, and passion for God's calling. We will use all of these as a team here at Dordt and will become a fierce and passionate defense that honors God in our thoughts, words, and actions, as well as in victory and defeat.

Athletic Background

Competed in football, basketball, and golf at Bolivar High School (Missouri).

Played tight end and defensive end for William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri.

Academic Background

B. A. in psychology, William Jewell in 2009

M. A. in education, Southwest Baptist University in 2011


Coach Nutt lives in Sioux Center with his wife Kara, who works in the Dordt University Social Work department, and their daughter Abigail.