|Team||Southwest Minnesota State|
November 21, 1974 |
|Alma mater||University of Minnesota|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|2006||Hamburg Sea Devils (QB)|
|2007||Berlin Thunder (QB)|
|2008||Southwest Minnesota State (QB)|
|2009||Southwest Minnesota State (OC/QB)|
|2010–||Southwest Minnesota State|
|Head coaching record|
Sauter played for University of Minnesota from 1994-97. Sauter finished his career as a four-time Academic All-Big Ten award winner and two-time GTE Academic All-America District V selection. He was a three-year letter winner and started the final 34 games of his collegiate career and played in the Blue-Gray All-Star Football Classic following his senior season. He still holds the all-time career school records with 539 pass completions, 945 pass attempts and 6,834 passing yards. His 40 career touchdown passes and .570 completion percentage also rank second all-time.
Sauter was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Arizona Cardinals in 1998. He spent part of the season on the practice squad. The 1999 and 2000 seasons were spent with the Detroit Lions as the third quarterback. He also spent the spring of 2000 with the Barcelona Dragons in NFL Europe. In 2001, he was on the Indianapolis Colts practice squad. He split the 2002 season as the Colts third quarterback and with the Chicago Bears. He was back with the Colts for the 2003 season.
Sauter began his coaching career as the quarterbacks coach for the Hamburg Sea Devils of NFL Europe in 2006. In the fall he served as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota. He returned to NFL Europe in 2007 where he was the quarterbacks coach for the Berlin Thunder.
Southwest Minnesota State
On July 7, 2008, it was announced that Sauter was hired as quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator at Southwest Minnesota State University, a NCAA Division II football program in Marshall, Minnesota. His coaching responsibilities began on July 1. He was promoted to the position of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2009. In February 2010, Sauter was promoted once again, to interim head coach of the Mustangs after former coach Eric Eidsness decided to leave the team to join Division I South Dakota State University as their quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator of the Jackrabbits.
On March 29, 2010, the interim tag was removed from Sauter's title and he was officially named the Mustangs head football coach.
His coaching record at Southwest Minnesota State is 21 wins and 35 losses. As of the conclusion of the 2014 season, this ranks him #3 at Southwest Minnesota State in total wins and #4 at the school in winning percentage (.400).
Sauter lives in Marshall, Minnesota, with his wife Amy and their daughter Berlin. Sauter is a 1997 University of Minnesota graduate with a degree in kinesiology. He earned his Master’s in sports management from the University of Minnesota in 2003.