Jill Hutchison
Biographical details
Born (1945-03-08) March 8, 1945 (age 77)
Playing career
1964–1967New Mexico
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1971–1999Illinois State
Head coaching record
Overall428–304 (.585)
TournamentsNCAA 1–3 (.250)
Accomplishments and honors
MVC Coach of the Year Award (1985, 1988, 1996)
Carol Eckman Award (1992)
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
Medal record
Women’s Basketball
Head Coach for  United States
World University Games
Gold medal – first place 1983 Edmonton Team Competition

Jill Hutchison (born March 8, 1945)[1] is an American retired women's basketball coach, having served as head coach for 28 seasons at Illinois State. Hutchison also served as the first president of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. She was active in USA Basketball, serving as the head coach of the gold-medal winning team representing the USA at the World University Games in 1983.[2] Hutchison was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.

Early years

Although the University of New Mexico (UNM) had a women's basketball team as early as 1898, formal intercollegiate play did not start until the 1974-75 season. Hutchison attended New Mexico, graduating in 1967, and played basketball for intramural teams during her time at the school. Occasionally, the teams would play at "sports days" at area schools in Arizona and Utah.[3]

Illinois State

After graduating from UNM, Hutchison was admitted to the master's program at Illinois State University. Her master's thesis involved study of female basketball players to determine whether their hearts could play the a full court game. Her research concluded that they could. She went on to become the head coach of the women's basketball team in 1970, and she remained in that position for 28 years.[4]

USA Basketball

Hutchison was named head coach of the team that went to the World University Games in 1983. The team had a record of 5–1, losing only to Romania in an early round. After losing to Romania, the USA team faced a highly regarded Yugoslavia. A win was needed to advance to the medal round. The USA narrowly prevailed, winning 86–85, with Carol Menken-Schaudt contributing 25 points. That set up a rematch with Romania for the gold medal. The Romanians started out strong, and held a 42–36 lead at halftime, but the USA team took the lead back and ended up with a 22-point margin 83–61, to clinch the gold medal.[5] The leading scorer on the team with just under 14 points per game was Joyce Walker,[5] who went on to play for the Harlem Globetrotters.

Awards and honors

Head coaching record


Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Illinois State Redbirds (Independent) (1971–1982)
1971-72 Illinois State 11-6 AIAW Tournament
1972-73 Illinois State 17-5
1974-75 Illinois State 14-9 AIAW Tournament
1975-76 Illinois State 18-12
1976-77 Illinois State 20-6
1977-78 Illinois State 11-12
1978-79 Illinois State 10-17
1979-80 Illinois State 23-10
1980-81 Illinois State 28-8 AIAW Tournament
1981-82 Illinois State 19-15
Illinois State: 171–100 (.631)
Illinois State Redbirds (Gateway Conference (women)) (1982–1992)
1982-83 Illinois State 20-10 NCAA First Round
1983-84 Illinois State 23-8 15-3 T-2nd
1984-85 Illinois State 23-6 17-1 1st NCAA First Round
1985-86 Illinois State 16-12 12-6 3rd
1986-87 Illinois State 12-15 10-8 T-4th
1987-88 Illinois State 20-11 14-4 T-1st
1988-89 Illinois State 23-8 16-2 1st
1989-90 Illinois State 21-11 14-4 T-1st NCAA Second Round
1990-91 Illinois State 18-10 13-5 T-2nd
1991-92 Illinois State 14-14 11-7 T-3rd
Illinois State: 170–95 (.642) 122–40 (.753)
Illinois State Redbirds (Missouri Valley Conference) (1992–1999)
1992-93 Illinois State 11-16 6-10 6th
1993-94 Illinois State 10-17 5-11 7th
1994-95 Illinois State 11-16 7-11 T-7th
1995-96 Illinois State 19-13 14-4 3rd
1996-97 Illinois State 17-11 13-5 T-2nd
1997-98 Illinois State 11-16 9-9 T-5th
1998-99 Illinois State 8-20 4-14 9th
Illinois State: 87–109 (.444) 58–64 (.475)
Total: 428–304 (.585)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


Hutchison, Jill (1989). Coaching Girls' Basketball Successfully. Champaign, Ill: Leisure Press. ISBN 978-0880113434.


  1. ^ "Women's Basketball Coaches Career". NCAA. Retrieved 23 Sep 2015.
  2. ^ "Jill Hutchison". Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 4 July 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  3. ^ "New Mexico Athletics". University of New Mexico. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Jill Hutchison". Illinois State University. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Twelvth [sic] World University Games -- 1983". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on 29 April 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Virtual Guide". Illinois State. Retrieved 4 May 2013.