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Hutson Is Done as Fresno State Basketball Coach After Tournament Loss
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By Bill McEwen, News Director
Published 1 month ago on
March 15, 2024

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Valley native Justin Hutson, whose coaching tenure at Fresno State began with great promise, is done as the Bulldogs’ men’s basketball coach.

Hutson, who was hired in 2018 after success as an assistant coach at San Diego State and UNLV, had two 23-win seasons with the Bulldogs — including his first year.

He finished with a 92-94 record, a record marred by 12-21 and 11-20 records the past two seasons.

Hutson’s Fresno State coaching highlight: a 23-13 record and winning The Basketball Classic against Coastal Carolina in 2021-22.

“I’ve talked to the administration,” Hutson said after the Bulldogs lost 87-75 to No. 18 Utah State on Thursday in the MWC tourney quarterfinals in Las Vegas. “It’s a mutual decision. My contract is up in April. I want to express gratitude to the previous administration. To the community. It’s the right time. It’s the right time. I’ll finish off through April.”

Hutson went into more detail later with a statement on X.

Fresno State President Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval thanked Hutson for his dedication and commitment to the basketball program.

“On behalf of Fresno State, I want to thank Coach Hutson for his dedication and commitment in serving as our head basketball coach over the past six seasons,” Jiménez-Sandoval said in a statement.

“During his tenure, Coach Hutson led the program with integrity and care for his student-athletes. As he transitions from his coaching duties, we thank him for his support of our Bulldog community and appreciate his willingness to continue in a temporary advisory role during the transition.”

 

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Bill McEwen,
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Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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