Lynn Nutt

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defensive coordinator / Linebackers coach

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Coaching Background

Coach Lynn Nutt has been with the Dordt University Football program since the spring of 2016 and currently serves as the Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach.

Since 2016, the Dordt University Defense has cut over 20 points per game from their average and set numerous records, including:

Points per game (21.5; 2019 Season)

Individual career tackles for loss: David Kacmarynski

Individual career sacks: David Kacmarynski

Individual career interceptions: Nathan Kabongo

Longest interception return: 97 yards; 2018 senior Casey Byker

Yards allowed per game: 338.7; 2019 season

Total yards in a game: 129; 2019 season

The best defensive season in program history, 2019, was highlighted by leading the entire country in regular season takeaways (34). The defense also lead the GPAC in passing yards per game, and was 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 with junior defensive lineman, David Kacmarynski.

The 2020 Dordt University defense will return 11 starters as well as an additional five players all with over 300 live game reps.

Before coaching at Dordt University, Nutt spent two seasons (2014-15) as a defensive graduate assistant at Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI) 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 2009-10, 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 wducation, Southwest Baptist University in 2011


Coach Nutt lives in Sioux Center with his wife Kara and their daughter Abigail.