PISCATAWAY, N.J. (February 14, 2012) – Rutgers University Director of Athletics Tim Pernetti announced today that Rob Shutte has been named head men’s golf coach. Shutte arrives “On the Banks” with seven years of collegiate head coaching experience, including the past two seasons as head women’s golf coach at Lehigh University.
“We are thrilled to welcome Rob, Caitlin and Charlie to the Rutgers Athletics family,” said Pernetti. “Rob will bring great strengths to our men’s golf program with his high energy, excellent coaching and development skills, and a focus on the balance between academics and athletics.”
“The mission of the Rutgers University Department of Athletics is perfectly in line with my own core values and beliefs,” said Shutte. “It is a great opportunity for me to pursue a passion of mine, which is developing young men into better players, people and leaders through the game of golf. The BIG EAST is a very competitive conference, and will only improve with the additions of UCF, SMU, Houston and Memphis. If you want to be the best, you need to be able to compete against the best.”
With the Mountain Hawks, Shutte directed the team to its first-ever tournament victory at the 2011 Sunshine Spring Invitational. In the classroom, his squad maintained a 3.25 cumulative grade point average during his tenure.
Prior to his arrival in Lehigh, Shutte served as head men’s golf coach at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. from 2005 to 2009. The Mules had three tournament victories and were runner up on four occasions during his tenure. In addition to a trio of individual tourney titles, Zach Oyer graduated with the lowest career stroke average in over 15 years. His 2006 squad boasted a 3.23 grade point average, highest among men’s athletic programs.
A PGA Class “A” member, Shutte has strong ties to the metropolitan region. He served as Assistant Golf Professional at Arcola Country Club in Paramus, N.J. in 2003 after working as a Program Administrator and Teaching Golf Professional at First Tee of Metropolitan New York in the Bronx in 2002.
Off the course, Shutte has balanced his career by serving as Vice President of Independent Financial Advisors in Easton, Pa. since 2004. He has also hosted two radio shows on the ESPN Radio affiliate in Allentown, The Water Cooler Radio Show and The Caddie Shack Radio Program. In the winter, he has volunteered as assistant varsity boys’ basketball at Notre Dame-Green Pond High School.
Shutte (pronounced SHOOT-e) earned a bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation management from Penn State University in 2003. During his time in University Park, he received both the Disney World and Augie Boyd Golf Scholarships.
Shutte, who hails from a Rutgers family, and his wife Caitlin are the proud parents of a young son named Charlie (Nov. 1, 2011). His father, Bob, was a three-year varsity football letterwinner at Rutgers from 1969-71, playing defensive back, wide receiver and kicker. He was also a three-year letterwinner on the baseball diamond, playing third base and shortstop from 1970-72. His mother, Catherine, is a Rutgers graduate and was a student sportswriter with the Daily Targum as an undergrad.