She comes to the Mean Green from Stephen F. Austin, where she served as head coach for nine seasons from 2008-16, compiling a 193-261 record. McNutt made an immediate impact, leading the Ladyjacks to a 36-25 record in 2008, SFA’s first winning season since 2000. For the first time since 1990, the Ladyjacks qualified for and won the Southland Conference Tournament, earning the school’s first NCAA Tournament berth.
McNutt spent six years as the head coach of Northwestern State from 1995-2000 before taking the reins at Southern Mississippi from 2001-07. In her seven seasons at Southern Miss, she compiled a 211-220 record, guiding the Golden Eagles to a pair of Conference USA championships in 2001 and 2004. She became the school’s all-time winningest coach during the 2004 season. Southern Miss reached the NCAA Regional Tournament in both its championship seasons under McNutt.
She took Northwestern State from an eighth-place finish in the Southland Conference in ‘96 to the No. 3 slot the following season. In 1998, McNutt’s Demons won the SLC title with a 40-18 overall record and reached the NCAA Regionals. Northwestern State won the championship again in ‘99, then completed the three-peat in 2000, again qualifying for the NCAA Championships. In all, McNutt compiled a 161-168 record at Northwestern State, including a 112-61 mark in her final three seasons.
A four-time Southland Conference Coach of the Year between Northwestern State and SFA, McNutt was also named the 2004 Conference USA Coach of the Year at Southern Mississippi.
McNutt was a four-year starter at cathcer at Texas A&M, starring for the Aggies from 1982-1985. She was named to the all-region team each of those four years and earned All-American honors as a senior in 1985. McNutt, who served as team captain in each of her last two seasons at A&M, helped lead the Aggies to a pair of national championships.
From A&M, McNutt moved to an assistant coach position at Louisiana-Lafayette, where she completed her bachelor’s degree in behavioral science. She went on to serve as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Houston from 1990-94. McNutt then spent one year as the assistant softball coach at Alvin Community College before taking the position at Northwestern.