Dennis Hutter.jpgMarch 29, 2024

Mayville State University Interim Director of Athletics Rocky Larson has announced that Dennis Hutter has resigned from his position as head women’s basketball coach at Mayville State, a position he has held for the past 19 seasons. He will be leaving Mayville State to become associate head women’s basketball coach at the University of North Dakota. His last day at Mayville State is Monday, April 1.

Coach Hutter has led the Mayville State women’s basketball team through a history-making season in 2023-24. The Comets were the North Star Athletic Conference champions and advanced to the NAIA Women’s Basketball National Tournament in March. They made it as far as the Round of 16, where the #12 Comets faced the #2 Dordt Defenders (who eventually won the national tournament) for the right to advance to the NAIA Quarterfinals. In a closely fought contest throughout, the Defenders used a late run to escape with an 84-76 win, ending the Comets' run in the tournament. The Comets finished the season with 26 wins, the most wins in a season for Mayville State Women’s Basketball.

“With success comes opportunity, and that is what has happened for Coach Hutter,” said Mayville State University President Dr. Brian Van Horn. “Dennis Hutter has made a positive impact and built a legacy for Mayville State Women’s Basketball. We are grateful and thank him for his service to the university and its students. We wish him all the best in his new venture, and we’ll be rooting for his future teams, as long as they’re not playing against the Comets.”

“I thank Dennis for his commitment to Mayville State,” said Rocky Larson. “He has been a great friend and mentor since I arrived in Mayville. I will miss him. Coach Hutter has left the Mayville State’s women’s basketball program in a great spot, and I look forward to watching him in his next career move.”

Next steps for women’s basketball at Mayville State are under discussion and will be announced when they are finalized.