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Coleman Hutzler
Coleman  Hutzler

Hometown:
Las Vegas, Nev.

Position:
Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers

Alma Mater:
Middlebury College

Year:
2006

Coleman Hutzler begins his third season at South Carolina in 2018. Hutzler was added to head coach Will Muschamp’s first Gamecock coaching staff on December 18, 2015. He coordinates the special teams efforts and coaches the linebackers.

In 2017, Hutzler was one of 56 nominees for the Broyles Award, which goes to the nation’s top assistant coach. Punter Joseph Charlton logged one of the school’s top single-season punting average at 43.5 yards per kick, while ranking among the nation’s top 30. Deebo Samuel returned each of his two kickoffs for touchdowns in the season’s first two games. Defensively, linebackers Skai Moore and T.J. Brunson were the team’s top two tacklers, logging over 180 stops between them. Moore, who led the team in tackles in all four of his seasons for the Gamecocks, earned All-SEC accolades.

Under Hutzler’s tutelage, the South Carolina kickoff return team led the SEC and ranked eighth in the nation, averaging 25.8 yards per return in 2016. A trio of players, Deebo Samuel, A.J. Turner and Rashad Fenton, all returned a kick at least 50 yards, with Samuel taking one to the house from 100 yards away. Placekicker Elliott Fry became the school’s all-time leading scorer, while snapper Drew Williams was recognized as a fourth-team All-American.

Hutzler spent the 2015 season as the special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach at Boston College. During his year in Chestnut Hill, freshman Michael Walker ranked in the top 10 in the nation in kick return average, while the Eagles were second in the nation in punt return defense, allowing just 1.66 yards per return. BC also blocked three punts on the year. Hutzler was also part of a staff that produced the nation’s stingiest defense, as the Eagles allowed just 254.3 yards per game and 24.1 percent of third down conversions and were second in rushing defense at 82.8 yards per contest.

Previously, Hutzler logged two stints at Florida, first from 2010-11 as Assistant to Linebackers and Special Teams Coordinator, then again for the 2014 season, handling special teams and outside linebackers.

In 2014, Florida had the second-best punt return average in the SEC and the 17th-best unit in the nation. UF punter Kyle Christy earned AP second-team All-SEC honors after averaging 44.3 yards per punt, the nation’s 14th-best average. As the Gators outside linebackers coach, Hutzler coached Dante Fowler, Jr. to a first-team Coaches All-SEC selection.

Between his stints in Gainesville, Hutzler was the special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach at New Mexico from 2012-13. He coached punter Ben Skaer to first-team All-Mountain West accolades and returner Carlos Wiggins to MWC Special Teams Player of the Year and a second-team All-America honors in 2013. Wiggins returned three kickoffs for touchdowns, and the Lobos were first in the conference and 15th in the nation in kickoff returns. The Lobos improved from 112th nationally to 25th in net punting, and their punt-return defense improved to No. 19 from 106th.

Hutzler began his coaching career at the University of San Diego, working as a defensive assistant in 2006. He moved to Palo Alto to become a recruiting assistant at Stanford in 2007. He was an assistant to co-defensive coordinators Ron Lynn and Andy Buh and to DJ Durkin at Stanford in 2008 and 2009.

The Las Vegas, Nevada, native played football at Middlebury College in Vermont, earning his degree in psychology. A linebacker on the team from 2002-05, he was a team captain as a senior and left the program second in career tackles. He also was a three-year catcher on the baseball team.

Hutzler and his wife, Cobey, have a son, Micah, and a daughter, Leila.

Cobey is a former director of volleyball operations at Stanford and was the Florida Class 3A Coach of the Year in 2011 while working at P.K. Yonge High. She played volleyball at UNLV and Michigan and is the daughter of long time University of Hawai’i women’s volleyball coach, Dave Shoji, who recently retired as the second all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division 1 history.

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