Dutra enters in his 18th season as the head coach of the Allan Hancock Bulldogs. Under Dutra, the Bulldogs have made eight postseason bowl appearances. Dutra earned his 100th career win as head coach of the Bulldogs on November 11, 2017 when the Bulldogs defeated Citrus 29-24 to clinch the outright American Pacific League championship. He tied his mentor, Barney Eames, for most career wins in program history. Over 17 seasons, his career coaching record is 100-78 with a .562 winning percentage and 63-42 record in conference games.
During the 2017 season, Dutra guided the Bulldogs to an 8-3 overall record and their first outright conference title since 1997 and seventh in program history. The Bulldogs qualified for their first bowl game appearance in six seasons and eighth under Dutra. He was named the league's Coach of the Year and saw 16 of his players earn all-league recognition, including tight end Dominic Chance, who was named the league's Offensive Player of the Year. Three Bulldogs received all-state recognition, and seven student-athletes earned spots on the 2017 Southern California Football Association's Scholar-Athlete TEam.
During the 2016 season, 11 Bulldogs received All-conference honors, including six First Team selections. Three players signed with four-year universities, including Thomas Leggett to Texas Tech University. Eight players from the 2015 team signed letters of intent to play at four-year institutions. Three athletes, defensive end Kevon Perry (Louisiana-Lafayette), running back Malik Williams (Louisville), and cornerback DaMarion King (Louisiana Tech) signed with Football Bowl Subdivision programs.
Dutra also helped recruit All-American and current Carolina Panthers running back Cameron Artis-Payne to Hancock for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. After he broke every rushing record at Hancock, Artis-Payne transferred to Auburn. He was one of 11 players from the 2012 Hancock team to move on to four-year institutions. Artis-Payne was selected in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the NFC champion Carolina Panthers.
When the 2017 NFL season kicked off, three of Dutra's former players were on NFL rosters. The three included: Artis-Payne, defensive lineman Bryan Price with Dallas, and cornerback Joshua Thornton with Detroit.
Four players from the 2010 squad went on to receive scholarships to four-year universities. In 2009, the football team was 9-2 overall, and entered the playoffs ranked sixth in the Southern Section and ninth in the state. Twelve players from the 2009 team received All-Conference awards. During the 2008 season, the Bulldogs went 7- 3 and earned a place in the Southern California regional quarterfinals.
Dutra began his career at Hancock leading the Bulldogs to a berth in the Cerritos Strawberry Bowl in 2001. Dutra took his 2003 squad to the top of the conference rankings with an 8-2 regular season record and an invitation to the prestigious Producer’s Dairy Bowl in Fresno. In 2004, he once again led his team to a berth in the Producer’s Bowl. In 2006 the Bulldogs earned an invitation to the American Bowl in Long Beach. With four bowl game appearances in his first five years at the helm of the Bulldogs, Dutra quickly earned his reputation as a coach with a well-respected, high-caliber competitive program.
In 2005, his squad broke or tied 11 team records, including records for the most points in a season (454), most points in a game (81), most yards rushing in a game (522) and most yards rushing in a season (3,674). The 2008 squad broke the 2005 record for most total offense in a game with 683 yards against Glendale College.
As a star quarterback at Santa Maria High School, Dutra played for longtime Bulldog head coach Barney Eames. After graduation in 1989, he moved on to Moorpark College, where he played two seasons before transferring to Culver-Stockton College in Missouri. After graduating in 1993, Dutra remained at Culver-Stockton for two more years, coaching the program’s quarterbacks and receivers. Returning to Santa Maria, he joined the staff at Hancock under Eames. Dutra served for two years as the quarterback coach before being elevated to offensive coordinator.
Taking over as the head coach on an interim basis for the 2001 season, Dutra guided the Bulldogs to a 7-3 regular season record. In 2002, the Allan Hancock College Board of Trustees appointed him to full-time status as both physical education instructor and head football coach.
Dutra and his wife, Amber, live in Santa Maria with their children, Casey and Alyssa.
Overall WSC North Postseason
2001 7-4 6-1 Cerritos Strawberry Bowl
2002 3-7 3-4
2003 8-3 6-1 Producer’s Dairy Bowl
2004 6-5 4-3 Producer’s Dairy Bowl
2005 7-4 5-2 American Bowl
2006 7-3 5-2
2007 6-4 5-2
Overall SCFA - North Postseason
2008 7-4 4-2 Southern California Bowl
2009 9-2 5-1 Golden Empire Bowl
2010 3-7 0-5
2011 7-4 2-3 Western State Bowl
2012 6-4 3-3
2013 3-7 2-4
2014 4-6 3-3
2015 4-6 2-4
Overall SCFA - Pacific Postseason
2016 5-5 3-2
2017 8-3 5-0 American Championship Bowl
100-78 (.562) 63-42 (.600)