March 20, 2012
By Stephen Trembley
By Stephen Trembley
FRESNO, Calif. --- The Fresno State volleyball program acquired the talents of Justin Hutchins to serve as the Bulldogs' first assistant coach heading into the 2012 season.
"We were so fortunate to have the chance to hire Justin in the middle of our spring season," Fresno State head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell said. "Most importantly, Justin is smart, hard-working and values his position. I couldn't have found a better coach."
Hutchins, a native of Simi Valley, CA, most recently worked as an assistant coach at Cal Poly for two seasons prior to joining the 'Dogs volleyball coaching staff.
Hutchins has a 12-year coaching career under his belt, including a three-season stint at Utah Valley University (2005-2006, 2008) as the technical advisor, defensive systems coordinator and recruiter for the Wolverines. He spent the 2007-08 season as a volunteer assistant for BYU men's program.
In addition, Hutchins spent seven years as the co-owner and director of Club Utah Volleyball, helping the 18s, 15s and 14s teams to numerous regional championships and Junior Olympics qualifications. He also coached 805 Elite, a club team in San Luis Obispo, for two seasons.
Hutchins' coaching background includes a decade-long association with the renowned Gold Medal Squared Volleyball Camps and Clinics, where in dispersing the organization's training philosophies and methodologies, he served in various coaching and administrative capacities such as a clinician, lead camp coach and employee recruiter.
Hutchins played four years of college volleyball himself. He transferred from Golden West College in Huntington Beach, where he served as a captain and a starter, to UVU to play for the men's club team. Hutchins helped lead his team to a Division I NIRSA national championship in 2001 and a third-place finish in 2002.
Hutchins and his wife, Shannon, have a daughter, Davis, and a son due in May.
Hutchins, who began his duties at Fresno State this month, fills the position vacated after Ed Jackson announced his resignation so that he could become the head coach at the Academy of Art of University, a Division II athletics program.
"Our program faced a bit of a dilemma with the departure of my top assistant and recruiting coordinator while I was on maternity leave," Netherby-Sewell said. "Justin has a wealth of coaching and recruiting experience, and his transition has been seamless. We have similar training fundamentals and coaching philosophies so the team accepted him easily. We again have a strong staff from top to bottom."
Jackson had been with the 'Dogs for the past four seasons as one of Netherby-Sewell's original staff members. He served as Fresno State's acting head coach during two games in the 2011 season in which he went 1-1 and owns a 4-1 overall Division I head coaching mark.
"Ed will be missed," Netherby-Sewell said. "He was a loyal, accomplished and insightful coach to work with. I appreciate his work and I'm looking forward to hearing of his successes as a head coach at The Academy of Art. His student-athletes can expect thoughtful teachings on and off the court. I'm sure I can speak for other staff members and student-athletes in wishing him the best of luck!"
"We Are Your Team!" --- The Bulldogs will host a volleyball skills camp this summer that will feature the importance of hard work in a fun environment while teaching the proper techniques for all the fundamentals to take your game to the next level. Make sure to check www.gobulldogs.com/camps throughout the spring for specific dates and details.
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