Jack Gutierrez is in his 37th year in the Central Community College athletic department. For 25 of those years, Gutierrez has served athletic director and currently oversees six NJCAA-sanctioned sports.
Gutierrez came to CCC in 1980 to serve as head men's basketball coach and over a 27-year tenure, he compiled a record of 418-386. Gutierrez led the Raiders to the National Little College Athletic Association championship in 1983, losing to Concordia Lutheran College, 74-68. In 2000, Gutierrez guided CCC to a fourth-place finish at the NJCAA national tournament. Gutierrez helped more than 30 CCC players move on to play basketball at four-year colleges. Following the 2006-07 season, Gutierrez stepped away from the basketball bench and focused on starting up the CCC Softball team, where he continues to serve as head coach.
In addition to his administrative duties, Gutierrez teaches courses in the CCC physical education department. He has worked in a number of capacities at Central Community College over the years, including financial aid director, admissions director and campus recruiter.
An active member of the community, Gutierrez is a commission on the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Latino American Commission. He also is a member of the Sertoma Service Club of Columbus, the ARC of Platte County Club and is a past president of the Big Pals-Little Pals of Greater Columbus.
Originally from Lexington, Neb., Gutierrez is a 1976 graduate of Chadron State College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in English. He earned a master's degree in education from the University of Nebraska-Kearney in 1980. Prior to his venture into higher education, Gutierrez taught middle school math and English at St. Ann's Catholic School in Lexington.
Gutierrez has three children – Drew (32) of Omaha, Jake (31) of Columbus and Jaisa (27) of Omaha. His wife Kelly is employed at the East Central District Health Department in Columbus.