Amstutz, who compiled a 58-41 record as head coach from 2001 to 2008, will make his debut with veteran play-by-play announcer Mark Beier in the Rockets’ home opener vs. Arizona Friday, Sept. 3.
“This is a great opportunity for me to stay involved with a football program and university that have been a big part of my life ever since my days as a student,” said Amstutz, who is a director of special projects in the UT Alumni Office. “I’m looking forward to the upcoming football season, and also looking forward to working with Mark Beier, who is one of the best play-by-play men in the business.”
UT Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien said that Amstutz will be an excellent addition to the Rockets’ radio production.
“Tom’s coaching knowledge and familiarity with our program make him an excellent fit for our radio broadcasts,” O’Brien said. “I think our fans will really enjoy the broadcast team of Tom and Mark Beier.”
Except for a three-year stint as an assistant at Navy from 1987 to 1989, Amstutz has lived in the Toledo area his entire life. He attended Whitmer High School, where he lettered in football, basketball and track. He played football at UT, graduating with a degree in physical education in 1977. He served as an assistant coach at UT from 1977 to 1986 and again from 1990 to 2000 before taking the reins as head coach in 2001.
In his eight years as head coach, Amstutz won Mid-American Conference championships in 2001 and 2004, and MAC West Division crowns in 2002 and 2005. He led team to four bowl appearances, including victories in the 2001 Motor City Bowl and the 2005 GMAC Bowl.
The 2010 football season will mark the second season of the Rocket Sports Radio Network presented by University of Toledo.