After high school, Lautzenheiser attended Hiram College, where he continued his football career, lettering twice. In 1999, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in history from Hiram, and in 2002, he was awarded a master's degree, also in history, from the University of Akron. For the past ten years, he has worked in public history, first with the Western Reserve Historical Society as a historian and later as the director of the Dover Historical Society and J.E. Reeves Home. Lautzenheiser's return to Tuscarawas County has been rewarding both personally and professionally as it has given him the chance to work on great projects like this one and to give back to the community.
Lautzenheiser currently lives in Louisville, Ohio, with his wife, Kelly, and sons, Douglas and Benjamin. This is his second book.