A Century of Champions: Joe Hutton

Joe Hutton

One of the most legendary names in MIAC – and college basketball – history, Joe Hutton was one of the first standout student-athletes of the fledgling MIAC in the early 1920s and would go on to become one of its most iconic leaders over the next four decades. He was a forward on four Carleton championship teams, earning All-Conference honors all four seasons. Hutton’s teams went a combined 58-8 over those four seasons, including an undefeated season in 1923-24. He also earned two letters as a halfback in football.

While Hutton’s athletic achievements at Carleton are undeniable, he is best known as a longtime coach at Hamline University, where he began coaching in 1931. Though his forte was certainly in basketball, Hutton also coached football for six years and track for 20. His hoops teams claimed 19 conference titles and three NAIA titles while winning an incredible 88 percent of conference games over a 35-year period. Hutton – whose name now adorns Hamline’s historic arena – was the first basketball coach elected to the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1952, and was selected for the Minnesota Hall of Fame in 1958. He was inducted into the Carleton 'C' Club in 1924 and honored as a charter member of the Hamline Hall of Fame in 1966.

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