Culver-Stockton College head football coach Christian Guenther has announced his resignation from the Wildcat program, effective at the end of the current season. He will continue teaching at the college through the remainder of the academic year but will not be returning as head football coach in Fall 2010.
Guenther, who is completing his fifth season as head coach, said he believes it is time to give someone else the opportunity to take leadership of the C-SC football program.
"My commitment has always been to build the Wildcat football team into a winning program. However I have been unable to turn the corner on the program," Guenther said. "I have given everything I have to the team, and I wish it every success under a new leader. I thank my coaching staff, who are an incredibly committed and talented group of gentlemen; and I thank my players, who came here believing in Wildcat football and our potential as a team, and I encourage them to continue to put their hearts and talent into playing at Culver-Stockton."
Culver-Stockton Athletic Director Joel Dant said the college will immediately begin a nationwide search for a new head football coach who can help recruit student athletes for the 2010-11 year.
Culver-Stockton President Richard Valentine stated that, "Coach Guenther has recruited terrific student-athletes to the college. Christian is a talented young man with a passion for football who is sure to have a bright future. We respect his decision to turn over the Culver-Stockton football program to a new leader, and we wish him and his family great success."
Guenther was named the 27th head football coach at Culver-Stockton in 2005. He compiled a 7-36 overall record in his first four years and has yet to win this season. In his first four seasons, Guenther turned out 17 Heart of America Athletic Conference all-conference players, including first team NAIA All-American Preston Nicholson, and 10 NAIA scholar-athletes.
Previously, Guenther spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Culver-Stockton College. He spent his first three seasons coaching the defensive line before taking over as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach in 2004.
Before coming to Culver-Stockton, Guenther spent the 2000 season as the running backs coach at Elmhurst (Ill.) College. Prior to Elmhurst, he was a graduate assistant at Minnesota State University at Mankato for two seasons.