Gutting glad to be a Mountain Lion

By Lewis Hoffman published December 1, 2003

After going 4-15 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in the 2002-03 season, Casey Gutting may have questioned his decision to transfer to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to play for the menâ€TMs basketball team.

But he didn't.

"I am happy I am playing," said Gutting, a senior this season. "Even though the team has had its struggles, I never regret playing here."

Gutting transferred from the University of Northern Colorado to CU-Colorado Springs at the start of his junior year. At UNC, Gutting redshirted his first season, and saw limited action as a freshman and sophomore.

"I just didn't think I was going to get a chance to play at UNC," said Gutting, who has been the Mountain Lions starting point guard since he arrived at CU-Colorado Springs. "I left UNC not knowing whether I was going to play ball or not. Then I found out that UCCS was looking for some guys'so I tried out and made the team."

But that's no surprise, because Gutting has been making teams, and making those teams better since his days at Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins. Gutting was on the varsity team from his sophomore to senior year, starting as a junior and senior.

For Gutting, basketball has been a part of his life for as long as he can remember.

"My dad was a Division-III coach when I was growing up," said Gutting. "I have been in a gym with a ball in my hand ever since I could hold a ball."

Regarding the 2003-04 season, Gutting's goal his to help the Mountain Lions' program as much as he can in his last season of collegiate ball.

"We have the talent, and every guy on the team is a player," said Gutting. "If we can figure out how the system works and learn how to score, the team should be fine."

And after Gutting graduates, he has no intention of walking away from basketball. Gutting hopes to be a graduate assistant, possibly for the Mountain Lions, where he could begin to learn coaching. Eventually, Gutting sees himself teaching high school and coaching basketball.

"Coaching is my future in some way, shape or form," said Gutting. "I'll always be around basketball, that's just how it is."

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