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Jan Hutchinson


Class of 2004 

Bloomsburg: 1978 - 2010

NFCA article on Hutchinson's induction

 

Biography:

Jan Hutchinson, who was inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame in 2004, retired from her beloved Bloomsburg University at the conclusion of the 2010 softball season.

A two-sport head coach in softball and field hockey, Hutchinson amassed more than 1,800 wins over 33 years, and didn’t have a losing season in either sport from 1979 to the conclusion of her career. The Bloomsburg softball field was named after her in 2000, and her 28 consecutive trips to the national championship tournament in softball is an NCAA record.

She is the NCAA Division II all-time leader in softball career wins and finished tied for fifth in the NCAA Division II National Championship in her final season with a 50-8 record. From 1978 through the 2010 season, Hutchinson went 1,216-288-2 for an .808 winning percentage.

Bloomsburg went to the championship round 11 times under her tutelage, twice finishing as the national runner-up with losses each time in extra innings in the national title game. She also has six third-place showings and two fourth-place finishes. The Huskies also won the 1982 AIAW national championship.

Hutchinson's field hockey records are just as impressive, if not more so. Her squads posted winning records in 31 of her 32 seasons and amassed an overall record of 591-75-20, for a winning percentage of .872. She is the winningest coach in NCAA field hockey history and is the only coach with over 500 victories. Under Hutchinson, the Huskies won national championships in 1981, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and in 2009. Her string of four straight titles (1996-99) was the first time in the history of NCAA field hockey that the feat was accomplished.

Besides her induction into the NFCA Hall of Fame, she is also a member of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame. In addition, Hutchinson was named the winner of the C. Vivian Stringer Award by the United States Sports Academy in the summer of 2006.

A 1971 graduate of East Stroudsburg University, Hutchinson earned a master's degree in education from the school in 1979. Prior to Bloomsburg, she initiated the women's physical education program at Blair Academy and served as head coach for field hockey, basketball and softball. She has also been inducted into the Newton High School and Sussex County (NJ) Halls of Fame.