A member of the UTSA staff since 2009, former New Mexico State standout Polo Gutierrez is in his third season as the running backs coach.
Gutierrez helped lead UTSA to an 8-4 overall record and a 3-3 mark in its first and only season in the Western Athletic Conference in 2012. The campaign was highlighted by historic wins against South Alabama, the program’s first road and Football Bowl Subdivision victory, and New Mexico State, its first league win. The offense averaged 31.2 points and 390.2 yards (159.2 rush/231.0 pass) per game and scored 44 touchdowns. He mentored the running backs to 1,823 total yards — 1,246 of which came on the ground — and 19 TDs.
Gutierrez helped the Roadrunners to a 4-6 record in 2011. The offense averaged 26.6 points and 364.5 yards (144.8 rush/219.7 pass) per game and scored 31 touchdowns during their inaugural campaign. UTSA’s running backs accumulated 958 yards and 12 TDs on the ground and 390 yards and a pair of scores through the air. The running backs also posted a pair of 100-yard games, as Evans Okotcha rushed for 106 in the Bacone victory and Brandon Armstrong tallied 105 against Minot State.
During UTSA’s Fall 2010 practice season, Gutierrez was a graduate assistant coach for the offense where he tutored the running backs.
Gutierrez came to UTSA from New Mexico State, where he was an assistant strength & conditioning coach in 2009. He also served as an assistant coach for a pair of NFL Player Development Camps and coaches AAU track & field.
A standout offensive lineman at New Mexico State, Gutierrez attended a tryout for the Buffalo Bills and played for the El Paso Generals of the Indoor Football League in 2009.
Gutierrez was a four-year starter for the Aggies from 2005-08. He began his senior season at right guard but switched to right tackle due to injuries along the offensive line. He finished his career by allowing just three sacks in three seasons.
He started all 13 games at right guard as a junior, helping the offense average 331.9 yards passing and 423.5 total yards (fifth NCAA) per contest. Gutierrez was a part of an offensive line that gave up just 24 sacks on the season.
As a sophomore, Gutierrez started every game at right guard. He helped New Mexico State establish 10 school records, including tying the single-season mark for scoring (374 points). New Mexico State finished third in the NCAA in total offense (475.2 ypg), second in passing offense (399.3 ypg) and 15th in scoring offense (31.2 ppg). The Aggies posted five 400-yard passing games, including three with 500 or more yards, and five 100-yard rushing contests.
He began his career with the Aggies as a defensive lineman, tallying 14 tackles as a freshman.
Gutierrez won numerous awards during his time in Las Cruces, including 2009 Lifter of the Year and 2007 Heavyweight Lifting Champion at the program’s annual Night of Champions.
He was born in Laredo but grew up in Corpus Christi, where he was a three-year starter at Carroll High School. Gutierrez played center, guard and tackle and was an all-district selection as a senior. He also was a district champion and state qualifier in the shot put and discus and was named Tigers Athlete of the Year as a senior.
The Polo Gutierrez File
· 2011-present: UTSA, assistant coach
· 2010: UTSA, graduate assistant
· 2009: New Mexico State, assistant strength & conditioning coach
· 2005-08: New Mexico State, defensive/offensive lineman
· Bachelor’s degree in history, New Mexico State 2009