Former University of Hawai‘i slot receiver Craig Stutzmann will join head coach Nick Rolovich’s staff as the team’s passing game coordinator. Stutzmann comes from Emory & Henry College in Emory, Va., where he served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach the past two seasons.
Offensive assistant Brian Smith, who was hired in December, will assume the role of running game coordinator and running backs coach.
Stutzmann, a former Warrior and teammate of Rolovich’s at UH, was a four-year letterman (1998-2001) and three-year starter at slotback. After the completion of his senior year, he ranked fifth on the school’s all-time receiving list (2,025 yards). Stutzmann was also a two-time honorable-mention all-Western Athletic Conference selection.
“Another Warrior returns to the ‘aina, a man who has succeeded as a student-athlete and person in this program,” Rolovich said. “Stutz understands our culture, has lived aloha and played warrior. Since leaving our shores in 2009, he has acquired a wealth of knowledge in various offensive schemes and has paid his dues in the coaching world. I am convinced there’s no place he’d rather be than Pride Rock.”
As the primary play-caller for E&H’s spread-and-shred offense, the Wasps averaged 32.7 points and 440.0 yards of total offense per game in 2015. Quarterback Kevin Saxton threw for 2,541 yards and 20 touchdowns with only five interceptions. In his first season at E&H in 2014, he transformed the Wasps’ offense into an up-tempo threat, which averaged 36.6 points and 466 yards per game. Saxton was named the conference’s Rookie of the Year and as well as third-team all-league.
Prior to E&H, Stutzmann spent two years at Weber State in Ogden, Utah, where he coached the receivers. One of his receivers, Erik Walker, led the Wildcats with 62 catches for 658 yards and three touchdowns in 2013 and was an honorable-mention all-Big Sky Conference pick. Another receiver, Xavian Johnson, earned was an honorable mention selection in 2012.
Stutzmann spent the 2011 season at Division III Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., where he helped the Lynx average nearly 300 passing yards per game, which ranked 15th nationally. In 2010, he was a graduate assistant at Memphis, which followed a one-year stint as wide receivers coach at Portland State, Stutzmann’s first full-time coaching position. At PSU, he took charge of implementing the pass game and oversaw kickoff returners where Aaron Woods was one of the nation’s leaders in all-purpose yardage.
Stutzmann also spent two years as a graduate assistant at UH under former head coach Greg McMackin during the 2008 season, and was part of the offensive coaching staff, which included Rolovich and Smith.
The Saint Louis School graduate began his coaching career at Kalaheo High School in Kailua, O‘ahu, where he spent one year as a teacher and offensive coordinator before moving on to his alma mater where he coached for four years.
Following his collegiate playing career at Hawai‘i, Stutzmann played one year of professional football for the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League. The Honolulu native has a bachelor’s degree in political science from UH in 2002 and a master’s degree in education from UH in 2014.
He and wife, Briana, have one son, Baylor.