Wickiup 1923, Idaho State yearbook
|Sport(s)||Football, basketball, baseball|
February 19, 1878|
Elmira, New York
|Died||March 30, 1935
|1900||Greensburg A. A.|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1900||Greensburg A. A.|
|1918||Washington & Jefferson|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Overall||61–53–6 (college football)
3–6–1 (pro football)
56–18 (college basketball)
69–44–2 (college baseball)
Ralph Fielding "Hutch" Hutchinson (February 19, 1878 – March 30, 1935) was an American football, basketball, and baseball player. He served as the head football coach at Dickinson College (1901), the University of Texas at Austin (1903–1905), the University of New Mexico (1911–1916), Washington & Jefferson College (1918), the University of Idaho (1919), and the Idaho Technical Institute (now Idaho State University) (1920–1927), compiling a career college football record of 61–53–6. Hutchinson was also the head basketball coach at New Mexico (1910–1917), Idaho (1919–1920), and Idaho Technical (1926–1927), amassing a career college basketball record of 56–18, and the head baseball coach at Texas from 1904 to 1906 and at New Mexico from 1910 to 1917, tallying a career college baseball mark of 69–44–2.
Born in Elmira, New York, Hutchinson played varsity football and baseball and ran track at Princeton University. In football, he was a quarterback and later played the position as a player-coach for the Greensburg Athletic Association, an early professional football team out of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, in 1900.
Hutchison was the third head football coach for the Dickinson College Red Devils in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and he held that position for the 1901 season. His overall coaching record at Dickinson was 3–4. This ranks him 25th at Dickinson in terms of total wins and 15th at Dickinson in terms of winning percentage.
From 1903 to 1905, Hutchinson coached at Texas, where he compiled a 16–7–2 record.
Hutchinson was the first basketball coach at the University of New Mexico, compiling a 32–8 record from 1910 to 1917. New Mexico played games only sporadically before the 1920s, with no regular schedule.
Washington & Jefferson
Hutchinson was the head football coach at the University of Idaho for the 1919 season. A "shorter than normal" season, his team posted a 2–3 record. He also coached the Idaho Vandals men's basketball team for the 1919–20 season.
Idaho Technical Institute
In 1920, Hutchinson moved south to the Idaho Technical Institute in Pocatello. He coached through the 1927 season, tallying a 25–22–2 (.531) record at the two-year school, which was renamed the "University of Idaho–Southern Branch" in 1927. It was renamed "Idaho State College" in 1947 after gaining four-year status and became Idaho State University in 1963.
After eight years in Pocatello, Hutchinson returned to the University of Idaho in Moscow in 1928, where he was the athletic director for a year, as well as the head track coach and an assistant football coach. After the hiring of Leo Calland in 1929, Hutchinson was the athletic trainer and a professor of physical education, and the head coach of minor sports. Following a brief illness, he died at the age of 57 on March 30, 1935 of a heart attack at his Moscow home.
Head coaching record
|Dickinson Red Devils () (1901)|
|Texas Longhorns (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1903–1905)|
|New Mexico Lobos (Independent) (1911–1916)|
|Washington & Jefferson Presidents () (1918)|
|1918||Washington & Jefferson||2–2|
|Washington & Jefferson:||2–2|
|Idaho Vandals (Independent) (1919)|
|Idaho Technical Tigers/Bengals (junior college) (1920–1927)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
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- "Minor sports". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1933. p. 230.
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