W&L NAMES ADAM HUTCHINSON HEAD MEN'S BASKETBALL COACH

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 opportunity."

"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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