Jeff Rutter begins his seventh season with the Cyclones, helping mentor 10 all-Big 12 performers (Mike Taylor, Wesley Johnson, Jiri Hubalek, Craig Brackins, Marquis Gilstrap, Diante Garrett, Scott Christopherson, Royce White, Melvin Ejim and Chris Allen) in his first six seasons in Ames.
Rutter spent his first four years as an assistant coach at ISU and assumed the role of director of operations in March of 2010.
In 2011-12, Iowa State recorded 23 victories and tied for third in the Big 12 Conference (12-6) en route to its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2005.
The Cyclones defeated two top-10 opponents (Kansas & Baylor), appeared in the AP Top-25 for the first time since 2005 and had four players earn all-conference honors in 2012. Royce White was named Basketball Times' National Newcomer of the Year and was an AP honorable mention, joining Brackins as All-Americans Rutter has helped mentor.
Brackins was selected at No. 21 in the 2010 NBA Draft and White was the 16th pick overall in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Rutter was an assistant at UNI from 2003-06, where the Panthers compiled a 65-31 mark and made three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. In his first season in 2003-04, UNI won the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title and qualified for its first NCAA appearance since 1990. The following year (2004-05), UNI made 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. UNI recorded its highest at-large NCAA seed (No. 10) and appeared in the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time in school history in 2006.
Three Panthers earned first-team all-Missouri Valley Conference honors four times in his three seasons in Cedar Falls, including Ben Jacobson, who was a two-time first-team all-MVC pick and a preseason Wooden Award nominee. In 2006, Rutter was honored by his peers by winning the NABC Literacy Award, given annually to a coach who is committed to promoting education to children in local schools and communities. Past winners of the prestigious award include Mike Krzyzewski, Gene Keady, Tubby Smith and Fran Fraschilla.
Rutter was 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 when it recorded an 18-12 mark. In his rookie 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 10 years. In 2001-02, UW-P was nationally ranked (No. 16) for the first time since the school joined the Division II ranks.
Rutter developed the Adopt-a-Ranger program and the Junior Rangers built a strong connection with schools in the Racine-Kenosha area. His teams posted some of the highest grade-point averages in the school's 35-year basketball history. He assisted in developing corporate sponsorship programs and was instrumental in the development of the Ranger Athletic Club and the men's basketball Dunk Club.
Rutter has 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.
He served one year as an assistant at Stetson University in 1995-96 under former Iowa State assistant Randy Brown and was an assistant at North Dakota State from 1990-95. NDSU posted a 43-17 mark and made two NCAA tournament appearances his final two seasons there. The Bison advanced to the "Sweet 16" with a 21-9 mark in 1993-94 before earning their first North Central Conference championship in 14 years with a 22-8 record in 1994-95.
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, from where 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.
Rutter was born Jan. 28, 1965, in West Allis, Wis. He and his wife, Shari, have a son, A.J.