LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn has announced that Adam Hutchinson has resigned as head men's basketball coach effective June 30.
"I have decided to step away from my coaching position at W&L in order to pursue a unique coaching opportunity closer to my roots in the northeast," said Hutchinson. "I would like to thank Mike Walsh for hiring me, and for the direction and inspiration he provided as we rebuilt the basketball program together. I would also like to thank Jan Hathorn, along with a number of administrative and support staff members for the leadership and support they have provided over the years. I thank athletic trainer Matt Phillips for keeping our players healthy and Jim Casey for caring about the program and the players, for helping them fully integrate into the university, for looking out for them off the court, for mentoring me and helping me grow as a teacher, and for his friendship. Lastly, I would like to thank all of the young men that have competed for the Generals. I'm at a loss to express how much it means for me to have been your teammate, and share all of those moments with you. I admire your courage, commitment, tenacity and integrity. You honored competition by competing with honor. I hope that your futures shine as brightly as my memories of you."
Hutchinson arrived at Washington and Lee in 2003 and coached the Generals for 14 seasons, leading the Blue & White to a 154-215 (.417) record. He is one of just two coaches in program history with 100 or more wins, and he currently is 187-281 (.399) across 18 seasons as a collegiate head coach. Prior to arriving at W&L, he was the head coach at both Stevens Institute of Technology (1999-2001) and Case Western Reserve (2001-03).
Hutchinson guided W&L to the quarterfinals of the ODAC Tournament in nine of his final 11 seasons, including three trips to the semifinals, and an ODAC runner-up finish in 2009 when he became the first coach to lead a No. 8 seed to the ODAC Championship game. His teams produced four winning seasons, including a 17-10 record in 2010.
After the Blue & White managed just three 10+ win seasons in the 13 years prior to his arrival, Hutchinson led W&L to double-digit win totals in 10 of his final 11 seasons, including the 2008 team that went 15-11 overall and earned Hutchinson the ODAC Coach of the Year Award. It was the program's best season record in nearly two decades.
W&L players earned 14 All-ODAC citations during Hutchinson's tenure, including two ODAC Rookies of the Year and two ODAC Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Additionally, Greg Bienemann '08 and Clayton Murtha '18 both earned First Team All-ODAC laurels twice, something that has been accomplished by W&L players just four times total since the formation of the conference in 1976.
"I want to thank Adam for his 14 years of service and most importantly, recognize his excellent work on behalf of W&L and all the men who have represented Generals basketball," said Hathorn. "He took a struggling team and made it into a successful program with a reputation for competitive, hard-nosed play on the court, all the while emphasizing and supporting the team's success in the classroom. Very few coaches in the country know basketball like Adam knows basketball, and our program was the better for it. He brought a lot to our department, the University, and the surrounding community. We will miss him but we wish Adam and his family well as they pursue new challenges."
A national search for a new head basketball coach will begin shortly.