Scott Cutter will be in his second season as head coach of the Yellow Jacket men's basketball program in 2016-17. Cutter became the 21st head coach in program history prior to the start of the 2015-16 campaign.
In his first season as head coach, Cutter helped lead the Yellow Jackets to a third consecutive HCAC Regular-Season Co-Championship and the top overall seed in the conference tournament in back-to-back seasons. In addition, the 2015-16 Yellow Jackets marked the second straight season with a player being named the HCAC Most Valuable Player.
Cutter came to Defiance from HCAC rival Hanover (Ind.) College and is no stranger to the DC community. He began his coaching career at DC where he served as an assistant coach from 2003-07. In his first stint with the Yellow Jackets as an assistant, the men's basketball team posted 67 wins, including a 19-8 mark during the 2007-08 season in which the Yellow Jackets captured the HCAC regular-season title after finishing as tournament runners-up the previous season. Cutter helped recruit two players who went on to be named HCAC Players of the Year and four first-team All-HCAC players.
The success Cutter had at DC carried over to Hanover where the Panthers finished in the top-five in the conference every season (2009-15) he was there, including a stretch of four straight seasons as conference runners-up (2009-13). He helped lead the teams to a pair of 19-win seasons highlighted by a berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament during the 2010-11 season. In addition to his many roles and duties as assistant, Cutter also served as the program's recruiting coordinator.
Prior to coaching at Hanover, Cutter spent one season (2008-09) as an assistant with the Ohio Wesleyan University men's program where the Battling Bishops finished with a 17-8 overall record and placed second in the North Coast Athletic Conference.
Cutter attended Mount St. Joseph University for two years before moving on to Wilmington College where he earned a degree in business management in 2002. During his coaching stay at DC, he also received his Master's degree in sports science education in 2007. As an undergrad at MSJ and Wilmington, Cutter played on the men's basketball team for all four combined years.