Luke Cutkomp begins his sixth season with the Maroons football staff in 2019. His coaching duties include Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach.
The 2019 season saw UChicago rank 30th in the nation in scoring defense (16.6 PPG).
Cutkomp was named the 2019 AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year after being a finalist in 2016 and 2018. The award was created to honor assistant coaches who excel in community service, commitment to the student-athlete, on-field coaching success and AFCA professional organization involvement.
The 2018 Maroons set modern-era school records with three shutouts and 118 points allowed in a season. The squad ranked 12th in the nation in points allowed (11.8 per game), fourth in red zone defense and 32nd in passing yards allowed (166.6 per game).
The 2017 Maroon defense finished the regular season ranked third in NCAA Division III in turnovers gained with 31 (14 interceptions, 17 fumble recoveries). They were 19th in blocked kicks and 26th in total defense (282.1 YPG).
In 2015, senior cornerback Vincent Beltrano was named a First Team All-American while setting new school records with 15 interceptions and 40 passes defended. He was also a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American.
In 2014, the Maroons began the season 5-0, their best start to a season since 1929. UChicago finished the year with an 8-1 record, won the UAA title with a 3-0 mark, and earned UAA Coaching Staff of the Year. The Maroons swept conference honors for Offensive Player of the Year (Quarterback Patrick Ryan), Defensive Player of the Year (Defensive Tackle Scott Mainquist) and Rookie of the Year (Running Back Chandler Carroll).
The 2014 team ranked nationally in a number of significant categories: No. 3 in first down defense, No. 7 in turnover margin (1.78), No. 7 in third-down defensive conversion percentage (.262), No. 5 in total defense (247.1 yards per game), No. 8 in rushing defense (84.1 yards per game), No. 17 in fewest penalties per game (4.56), No. 19 in time of possession (33:17) and No. 18 in scoring defense (15.1 points per game).
Cutkomp previously spent nine years at Aurora University, serving as defensive coordinator, defensive line coach and special teams coordinator in his tenure. He was a finalist for the Muscle Milk/Footballscoop.com Division III Coordinator of the Year in his first season as defensive coordinator in 2008. The Spartans ranked first in Division III in takeaways, interceptions and turnover margin, third in total defense and fourth in rush defense and opponent first downs allowed.
Under his direction as coordinator, Aurora's defense totaled 28 All-Conference selections, eight all-region players, four All-Americans and one NACC Defensive Player of the Year.
Cutkomp was a graduate assistant coach on the defensive line at Carroll University (Wis.) from 2003-04. He was also a student assistant coach at Wartburg College.
Cutkomp played tight end for Wartburg and graduated with a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 2003. He later received his master's degree in education from Carroll (Wis.) in 2007.
Coach Cutkomp recruiting regions - Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Wyoming