At Morningside, Schmutte played a critical role in overseeing all Mustangs athletics transition into NAIA competition in 2002. He was also honored with the 2007-08 Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Athletic Director of the Year award.
Schmutte was also the men’s basketball coach at Morningside for 11 years. He led the Mustangs to a 194-135 overall record and .590 winning percentage, both of which are school records.
Schmutte coached at Nebraska Wesleyan University where he led the Prairie Wolves to the NCAA Division III National Tournament Final three times in his nine years of coaching. One of his teams at Nebraska Wesleyan was featured as No. 1 team in the country in a pre-season issue of Sports Illustrated in 1988.
“When I first went to Nebraska Wesleyan, we had won six games before I came there,” Schmutte said. “When I started recruiting, I started talking about recruiting to win a national championship.”
Schmutte said he has watched the Broncos play in the GPAC and is familiar with the teams. His job now is to learn about the needs of the Bronco athletic department and continue to make Hastings College competitive within the conference.
“A lot of times, if you’re competitive in the GPAC, you’re competitive nationally,” Schmutte said.
In his career, Schmutte was 368-210 with a winning percentage of .637 in 21 years of head coaching.
“I always shoot for the top,” he said.”