Erik Ieuter, an effective, championship-winning coach with a record of success and student achievement at every level, has been selected as the Fighting Muskies' next Head Football Coach, Muskingum University announced today. Ieuter will assume the role March 19.
"The response to our search for Muskingum's next head football coach was very strong, but ultimately Erik made a significant impression," said Muskingum University President Susan Hasseler. "Erik is not only highly qualified from a technical standpoint, but he has also demonstrated a commitment to fostering and developing students and teams that achieve at the highest possible levels as athletes, students and leaders."
Ieuter spent the 2017 season in the Southeastern Conference at the University of Florida, working with the team's quarterbacks and making strategic offensive game day preparations. Prior to the 2017 season, Ieuter served 11 years at Division II Michigan Technological University, in Houghton, Michigan, first as wide receivers/special teams coordinator and most recently as offensive coordinator.
During his tenure there, Michigan Tech's offense finished among the top five in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) in both total offense and rushing offense three times. Working closely with the team's quarterbacks and wide receivers, several of Ieuter's players reset several school records and received All-GLIAC honors. In 2012, the team won the GLIAC North Championship and in 2014 made the NCAA Playoffs.
"Erik's accomplishments are perhaps most effectively communicated through the successes of his teams and exceptional student-athletes. His championship-winning offenses are known for their consistency and discipline, and his players for their academic and athletic achievements," said incoming Muskingum University Vice President and Athletic Director Steve Brockelbank. "Erik is a very talented game day strategist and recruiter, and his demonstrated commitment to developing well-rounded individuals who succeed both on and off the field is closely aligned with ours. We are very pleased to welcome Erik to Muskingum."
A native of Midland, Michigan, Ieuter attended Division III Albion College in Albion, Michigan, where he was a wide receiver and punt returner, helping to lead the Britons to two Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Conference Championships.
"My time as a Division III student-athlete provided some of the best experiences of my life, and I have dedicated my career to providing a similar experience for other young men and women ever since," said Ieuter. "The momentum behind Muskingum's commitment to student achievement and excellence is very exciting, and I am grateful to President Hasseler and AD Steve Brockelbank for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this important work."
Ieuter's collegiate coaching experience also includes a stint as a graduate assistant at Division II Grand Valley State University, in Allendale, Michigan from 2004 to 2006, working with the team's wide receivers and offensive line. During his time there, Grand Valley State went undefeated in 2005 (13-0), winning the 2005 GLIAC Championship and NCAA Division II National Championship. He also served as a graduate assistant, working with the team's wide receivers, safeties and kick returners at Adams State College, in Alamosa, Colorado, from 2003-2004.
Ieuter holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Management and English from Albion College and Master of Arts in Health and Physical Education from Adams State College.
Muskingum University rich tradition of academic excellence is solidified on the national level through the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-American awards. Overall, Muskingum student athletes have earned 49 Academic All-American awards, which places Muskingum as one of the most awarded schools in the NCAA Division III. Muskingum's rich tradition of athletic excellence is solidified on the national level through All-American honors. Since 1941, Muskingum has had 101 student-athletes receive All-American honors. Muskingum's football program has produced a variety of business and public service leaders, including current NFL coaches Darrell Hazell '86 of the Minnesota Vikings and Josh Boyer '00 of the New England Patriots.