Wilbur Hall Hutsell
Wilbur Hall Hutsell

Event:
Track and Field Coach

Hall of Fame Class:
1998


A native of Moberly, Mo., Hutsell was the Missouri Valley Conference 440-yard run champion in 1914, and a student assistant coach for the Tigers in 1914-15, but made his mark on the track and field world while coaching at Auburn University from 1921-63. During his career there, he coached three NCAA champions, four Olympians, five AAU champions, and five high hurdlers who won national championships. He had a dual meet record of 112-24 and won three Southeastern Conference championships. He also served two terms as director of athletics at Auburn, and at various times was head trainer, head basketball coach and professor of physical education. Hutsell coached the U.S. Olympic Team in 1924, '28 and '32, was president of the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association in 1941-42, and a member of the NCAA Track and Field Rules Committee for 12 years. He was inducted into the Helms Foundation Hall of Fame in 1957, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1970, the Missouri Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1975, and the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1977. He died in 1980.

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