Cory Sauter

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Cory Sauter
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Southwest Minnesota State
Conference NSIC
Record 40–60
Biographical details
Born (1974-11-21) November 21, 1974 (age 44)
Hutchinson, Minnesota
Alma mater University of Minnesota
Playing career
1994–1997 Minnesota
1998 Arizona Cardinals
1999–2000 Detroit Lions
2000 Barcelona Dragons
2001–2002 Indianapolis Colts
2002 Chicago Bears
2003 Indianapolis Colts
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2006 Hamburg Sea Devils (QB)
2006 Minnesota (GA)
2007 Berlin Thunder (QB)
2008 Southwest Minnesota State (QB)
2009 Southwest Minnesota State (OC/QB)
2010–present Southwest Minnesota State
Head coaching record
Overall 40–60
Bowls 0–1

Cory Justin Sauter (born November 21, 1974) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head football coach at Southwest Minnesota State University, a position he has held since the 2010 season. Sauter played college football as a quarterback at the University of Minnesota and professionally in the National Football League (NFL) and NFL Europe.

Playing career

Sauter played college football at the University of Minnesota from 1994 to 1997. Sauter finished his career as a four-time Academic All-Big Ten award winner and two-time GTE Academic All-America District V selection. He was a three-year letter winner and started the final 34 games of his collegiate career and played in the Blue-Gray All-Star Football Classic following his senior season. He still holds the all-time career school records with 539 pass completions, 945 pass attempts and 6,834 passing yards. His 40 career touchdown passes and .570 completion percentage also rank second all-time.

Sauter was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Arizona Cardinals in 1998. He spent part of the season on the practice squad. The 1999 and 2000 seasons were spent with the Detroit Lions as the third quarterback. He also spent the spring of 2000 with the Barcelona Dragons in NFL Europe. In 2001, he was on the Indianapolis Colts practice squad. He split the 2002 season as the Colts third quarterback and with the Chicago Bears. He was back with the Colts for the 2003 season.

Coaching career

Assistant coaching

Sauter began his coaching career as the quarterbacks coach for the Hamburg Sea Devils of NFL Europe in 2006. In the fall he served as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota. He returned to NFL Europe in 2007 where he was the quarterbacks coach for the Berlin Thunder.

Southwest Minnesota State

On July 7, 2008, it was announced that Sauter was hired as quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator at Southwest Minnesota State University, a NCAA Division II football program in Marshall, Minnesota. His coaching responsibilities began on July 1. He was promoted to the position of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2009. In February 2010, Sauter was promoted once again, to interim head coach of the Mustangs after former coach Eric Eidsness decided to leave the team to join Division I South Dakota State University as their quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator of the Jackrabbits.

On March 29, 2010, the interim tag was removed from Sauter's title and he was officially named the Mustangs head football coach.

Personal life

Sauter lives in Marshall, Minnesota, with his wife Amy and their daughter Berlin. Sauter is a 1997 University of Minnesota graduate with a degree in kinesiology. He earned his Master’s in sports management from the University of Minnesota in 2003.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) (2010–present)
2010 Southwest Minnesota State 4–7 3–7 / 1–5 10th / T–6th (South)
2011 Southwest Minnesota State 3–8 3–7 / 1–5 11th / 6th (South)
2012 Southwest Minnesota State 4–7 4–7 / 3–4 T–10th / T–4th (South)
2013 Southwest Minnesota State 7–5 7–4 / 5–2 4th / 2nd (South) L Mineral Water
2014 Southwest Minnesota State 3–8 3–8 / 2–5 T–13th / T–6th (South)
2015 Southwest Minnesota State 8–3 8–3 / 4–3 T–4th / 4th (South)
2016 Southwest Minnesota State 5–6 5–6 / 2–5 T–9th / T–5th (South)
2017 Southwest Minnesota State 2–9 2–9 / 0–7 T–13th / 8th (South)
2018 Southwest Minnesota State 4–7 4–7 / 1–6 T–10th / T–7th (South)
Southwest Minnesota State: 40–60 39–58
Total: 40–60


External links

  • Southwest Minnesota State profile
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