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Philip Hutcheson, former All-American Bison basketball player, is in his fifth season as athletics director at Lipscomb University.
"Philip Hutcheson brings a wealth of knowledge about the athletic process as well as experience in the business sector and the community that will help take Lipscomb athletics to the next level. I believe he will be able to build on our rich tradition of athletic excellence and lead our program as it develops into a competitive NCAA Division I-level institution," said Dr. L. Randolph Lowry III, Lipscomb's President.
Hutcheson succeeded Steve Potts, who resigned in May 2008 to accept the senior associate athletic director position at Pepperdine University.
"It's exciting being back at Lipscomb," Hutcheson said. "Lipscomb has a great tradition and history that we can build on. I think I bring an understanding of what Lipscomb has to offer as well as an understanding of the Nashville community. I love competition and I love helping student athletes and programs develop to their fullest potential."
In his first year as athletic director, Hutcheson successfully oversaw the hosting of the Atlantic Sun men's basketball championship, landed Ken Dugan Field as the location for the 2010 and 2011 Atlantic Sun baseball championship, and founded the National Bison Club at the first annual Don Meyer Evening of Excellence. In Oct. 2009 the National Bisons Club surpassed the 31-year record for athletic fundraising.
In 2009, Hutcheson carried over many of the successes he had built in his first year at the helm of the Lipscomb athletic department. Under the direction of head coach Brandon Rosenthal, Lipscomb's volleyball team achieved an Atlantic Sun un-precedented 22-0 conference record earning them a regular season and tournament title. The Lipscomb softball program also advanced to the NCAA Tournament after winning the conference regular season and tournament championships. Lipscomb's men's basketball team finished the regular season as co-champions and earned a number one seed in the Atlantic Sun Tournament.
In 2010, Hutcheson arranged for former University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow to headline as the keynote speaker for the second annual Don Meyer Evening of Excellence. Later that spring he oversaw the hosting of the Atlantic Sun Baseball Championship at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen Lee Marsh Stadium.
As a member of the Bison basketball team from 1986-1990, Hutcheson attracted national attention as he approached and broke college basketball's all-time scoring record, scoring 4,106 points during his career. Hutcheson's record was broken four years later by fellow Bison John Pierce, whose record remains unbroken.
Hutcheson was named an All-American each of his four seasons. He was also the 1990 NAIA Player of the Year and College Sports Information Director Academic Player of the year in 1988-89 and 1989-90.
He graduated from Lipscomb University as valedictorian with a 4.0 grade-point average and later earned his MBA from The University of Georgia. Hutcheson began his career playing professional basketball for the Music City Jammers in Nashville and later for a team in Manchester, England. Hutcheson returned to Nashville and began working in management at Sessions Paving Company in Nashville in 1997.
Hutcheson has been heavily involved in the Nashville community. A 1999 alumnus of Leadership Nashville, Hutcheson has served on boards for the Green Hills YMCA and the Nashville Zoo. He also has coached area athletic teams for the past 15 years for a variety of programs including the YMCA and the West Nashville Sports League. He is also a deacon at Hillsboro Church of Christ in Nashville.
In February 2009 Hutcheson was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.
Hutcheson served as the Chair of the Atlantic Sun Athletic Directors Association in 2010 and 2011.
Hutcheson and his wife, Vera, have three children: Hannah, Sam, and Hank.
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