W&L NAMES ADAM HUTCHINSON HEAD MEN'S BASKETBALL
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee athletic director Mike
Walsh has announced the appointment of Adam Hutchinson as head men's basketball
coach and assistant professor of physical education. Hutchinson will begin
his duties effective August 1.
"I am ecstatic about the opportunity to come to Washington
and Lee because it is my dream job," said Hutchinson. "I've
always wanted to coach here because it combines a balanced approach of
academics and athletics which is what I stand for. I do have mixed feelings
because I haven't had the chance to finish what was started at Case Western
Reserve. We have some great young men coming back and a good recruiting
class as well. The timing might not have been great in that sense, but
this was something that I had to do and I am extremely pleased about the
"It is with great enthusiasm that I announce the appointment
of Adam Hutchinson as our men's basketball coach," said Walsh. "Adam's
playing, coaching and academic credentials are a perfect complement to
Washington and Lee. I know that he is excited to be our coach and will
work tirelessly and effectively to improve our program and to provide
our basketball players with a successful athletic experience."
Hutchinson, 32, comes to Washington and Lee after spending
the past two seasons as the head coach at Case Western Reserve University
in Cleveland, Ohio. In those two seasons, he led the Spartans to a 14-36
overall record while rebuilding the program. His initial recruiting class
included eight players, most notably Carson Oren, the 2003 University
Athletic Association Rookie of the Year.
Prior to CWRU, Hutchinson was the head coach at Stevens
Institute of Technology from 1999-01, compiling a 19-31 overall mark.
His second season resulted in a 12-13 overall record, a five-game improvement
over his first campaign.
Hutchinson began his collegiate coaching career in 1994
as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Amherst College. In his two seasons
with the Lord Jeffs, he was responsible for recruiting the school's second
all-time leading scorer in All-American Jamal Wilson and helping led the
team to the NCAA Division III Elite Eight. In 1996, he assumed the role
of player and coach with the Cardiff Clippers of the English National
Basketball League before spending the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons as an
assistant coach at Emory University.
Originally a walk-on player at Amherst, Hutchinson started
two seasons at guard in leading the Lord Jeffs to the ECAC Tournament
each year. He was named team captain as a senior.
Hutchinson graduated from Amherst in 1993 with a bachelor
of arts in African-American studies and earned his master of science in
sport management from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1997.
He and his wife, Erin, have an 11-month old son named Jason.
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