Class of 1970
Born: November 10, 1892 in Mobley, Missouri
Category: Track & Field
Wilbur Hutsell was a quarter-miler at University of Missouri from 1911-1914. Following graduation, he served as assistant track coach at Missouri. In 1921, he became Auburn University’s first head track & field coach, taking over the program at its inception and remaining there until his retirement in 1963. Over his career, Hutsell’s teams compiled a 140-25 dual meet record and won three SEC team titles. He coached four Olympians while at Auburn –Snitz Snider, Percy Beard, Whitey Overton, and Jim Dillon. He served as the trainer for the 1924 Olympic wrestling team and was an assistant track coach at the 1928 Olympic Games. From 1941-1942 he was President of the National Track Coaches Association. Hutsell also served as Auburn’s Athletic Director for two separate terms. He is enshrined in the Helms Track & Field Hall of Fame and the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame.