first_imgRutter gained three seasons of experience coaching in the Missouri Valley Conference as an assistant at UNI from 2003-06, where the Panthers compiled a 65-31 mark and made three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances under head coach Greg McDermott. In his first season in 2003-04, UNI won the MVC Tournament title and qualified for its first NCAA appearance since 1990. The following year (2004-05), UNI earned its first-ever at-large NCAA berth with a No. 11 seed while posting a 21-11 record. The Panthers tied a school record in wins in Rutter’s final year at UNI with a 23-10 record.Rutter’s career also includes a lengthy tenure as the head coach at Wisconsin-Parkside from 1996-2003 before joining McDermott’s staff. UW-P finished 15-13 overall his final season, its first winning record since 1988. In his first year as head coach in 1996-97, Rutter’s team stunned the No. 1 team in the nation, the University of Indianapolis, 63-45. In his second season, the team posted its first back-to-back double-digit win seasons in a decade. In 2001-02, UW-P was nationally ranked (No. 16) for the first time since the school joined the Division II ranks. “Four years ago, when I had the honor to come to Drake everything I envisioned Drake being has come true and even more so at times,” Giacoletti said. “I think we achieved in every aspect other than on the floor with the wins and losses. Now in year four, I think it is time for a new voice. I believe it can happen at Drake and it will happen at Drake. For whatever reason, it hasn’t transpired on the floor and I think it is time for a new direction.”  Rutter has also taught at various levels, including serving as a clinical associate professor from 1996-2003 at UW-P, a lecturer at North Dakota State from 1990-95 and teaching at the elementary, junior and senior high school levels. Rutter joined Giacoletti’s staff at Drake after seven seasons at Iowa State where he helped coach 13 all-Big 12 student-athletes and aided in 46 wins, the third-best two-year win total in Cyclone history, resulting in a pair of NCAA Tournament berths. Rutter spent the first four seasons of his ISU tenure as an assistant coach before assuming the role of director of operations in the spring of 2010 under Fred Hoiberg. “Today I humbly and confidently assume the position of head men’s basketball coach at Drake University,” Rutter said. “Our vision will remain what it has been – a program of character and integrity based on excellence where we strive for sustained success. I’m thankful for the confidence Sandy Hatfield Clubb and President Martin have in me. We have a tremendous group of young men on our team who have worked hard and continue to improve. Our staff consists of high-quality men and quality teachers that genuinely care about our guys. We are all very thankful for the foundation that Coach Giacoletti has built and his relentless effort and leadership has given us a strong base that we will use to move forward. We are confident we can continue to provide a team that Drake University and the community of Des Moines will be proud of.” Jeff Rutter, who has been an assistant on the Drake coaching staff for the past four years and has prior head coaching experience will assume all head coaching responsibilities effective immediately. “I have accepted Ray’s resignation as head men’s basketball coach at Drake University,” Hatfield Clubb said. “Ray is a man of great character who is respected by his team, his peers, this university and particularly by me. He has worked every minute in the best interest of our student-athletes, including now as he makes his decision to step down as head coach. Ray and I talked – as we always do – after the game on Saturday and he expressed that the team needed a new voice of leadership. We continued to talk through where we are and what the next steps would be to help the team continue to move towards our shared vision for Drake men’s basketball. “Jeff [Rutter] is a man of high integrity and a veteran coach with seven years of head coaching experience. He is incredibly well respected by our team, throughout the state of Iowa and across the industry. Coach Rutter is an educator and a true player’s coach. The Bulldogs are in excellent hands.” Giacoletti was in his fourth season as the head coach of the Bulldogs. Rutter lettered in basketball and football at Nathan Hale High School in West Allis, Wis. He played college basketball at both Wisconsin-Waukesha and Winona State, the latter from which he earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1988. He received his master’s in physical education from North Dakota State in 1992. Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University head men’s basketball coach Ray Giacoletti has resigned his position, Drake director of athletics Sandy Hatfield Clubb announced Tuesday, Dec. 6. Jeff Rutter has been named head coach for the remainder of the 2016-17 season.last_img read more

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