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Ralph Hutchinson
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Wickiup 1923, Idaho State yearbook
Sport(s)Football, basketball, baseball
Biographical details
Born(1878-02-19)February 19, 1878
Elmira, New York
DiedMarch 30, 1935(1935-03-30) (aged 57)
Moscow, Idaho
Playing career
Head coaching record
Overall61–53–6 (college football)
3–6–1 (pro football)
56–18 (college basketball)
69–44–2 (college baseball)

Ralph Fielding "Hutch" Hutchinson (February 19, 1878 – March 30, 1935) was an American football, basketball, and baseball player. He served as the head football coach at Dickinson College (1901), the University of Texas at Austin (1903–1905), the University of New Mexico (1911–1916), Washington & Jefferson College (1918), the University of Idaho (1919), and the Idaho Technical Institute (now Idaho State University) (1920–1927), compiling a career college football record of 61–53–6. Hutchinson was also the head basketball coach at New Mexico (1910–1917), Idaho (1919–1920), and Idaho Technical (1926–1927), amassing a career college basketball record of 56–18, and the head baseball coach at Texas from 1904 to 1906 and at New Mexico from 1910 to 1917, tallying a career college baseball mark of 69–44–2.

Playing career

Born in Elmira, New York, Hutchinson played varsity football and baseball and ran track at Princeton University.[1] In football, he was a quarterback and later played the position as a player-coach for the Greensburg Athletic Association, an early professional football team out of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, in 1900.[2]

Coaching career


Hutchison was the third head football coach for the Dickinson College Red Devils in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and he held that position for the 1901 season.[3][4] His overall coaching record at Dickinson was 3–4. This ranks him 25th at Dickinson in terms of total wins and 15th at Dickinson in terms of winning percentage.[5]


From 1903 to 1905, Hutchinson coached at Texas, where he compiled a 16–7–2 record.

New Mexico

Hutchinson was the first basketball coach at the University of New Mexico, compiling a 32–8 record from 1910 to 1917.[6] New Mexico played games only sporadically before the 1920s, with no regular schedule.

Washington & Jefferson

Hutchinson was hired in August 1918 as head coach at Washington & Jefferson, south of Pittsburgh.[7]


Hutchinson was the head football coach at the University of Idaho for the 1919 season. A "shorter than normal" season, his team posted a 2–3 record. He also coached the basketball team for the 1919–20 season.

Idaho Technical Institute

In 1920, Hutchinson moved south to the Idaho Technical Institute in Pocatello. He coached through the 1927 season, tallying a 25–22–2 (.531) record at the two-year school, which was renamed the "University of Idaho–Southern Branch" in 1927. It was renamed "Idaho State College" in 1947 after gaining four-year status and became Idaho State University in 1963.

After coaching

After eight years in Pocatello, Hutchinson returned to the University of Idaho in Moscow in 1928, where he was the athletic director for a year, as well as the head track coach and an assistant football coach.[8] After the hiring of Leo Calland in 1929, Hutchinson was the athletic trainer and a professor of physical education,[1] and the head coach of minor sports.[9] Following a brief illness, he died at the age of 57 on March 30, 1935 of a heart attack at his Moscow home.[10]

Head coaching record

College football

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Dickinson Red Devils () (1901)
1901 Dickinson 3–4
Dickinson: 3–4
Texas Longhorns (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1903–1905)
1903 Texas 5–1–2 1–0–1 T–5th
1904 Texas 6–2 1–0 4th
1905 Texas 5–4 2–1 5th
Texas: 16–7–2 4–1–1
New Mexico (Independent) (1911–1916)
1911 New Mexico 1–3–1
1912 New Mexico 0–4
1913 New Mexico 3–2
1914 New Mexico 3–1–1
1915 New Mexico 3–1
1916 New Mexico 3–2
New Mexico: 13–13–2
Washington & Jefferson Presidents (Independent) (1918)
1918 Washington & Jefferson 2–2
Washington & Jefferson: 2–2
Idaho Vandals (Independent) (1919)
1919 Idaho 2–3
Idaho: 2–3
Idaho Technical Tigers/Bengals (junior college) (1920–1927)
1920 Idaho Technical 3–3
1921 Idaho Technical 6–2
1922 Idaho Technical 4–3
1923 Idaho Technical 3–2–1
1924 Idaho Technical 5–2
1925 Idaho Technical 2–4
1926 Idaho Technical 1–4
1927 Idaho Technical 1–4–1
Idaho Technical: 25–24–2
Total: 61–53–6
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Ralph Hutchinson Summoned by Death". Spokane Daily Chronicle. April 1, 1935.,231769. Retrieved December 29, 2010.
  2. Van Atta, Robert (1983). "The History of Pro Football At Greensburg, Pennsylvania (1894-1900)". Coffin Corner (Professional Football Researchers Association) (Annual): 1–14. Archived from the original on 2010-11-27.
  3. "Ralph Hutchinson to coach Dickinson". Pittsburgh Press: p. 8. May 7, 1901.,5823142.
  4. Centennial Conference Archived 2008-10-29 at the Wayback Machine "2008 Centennial Conference Football Prospectus"
  5. Dickinson College Football Media Guide Archived 2008-05-13 at the Wayback Machine
  6. New Mexico Lobo 2012-13 Media Guide, p. 148,
  7. "Ralph F. Hutchinson is eighteenth head coach...". Washington (PA) Reporter: p. 10. August 21, 1918.,2110944.
  8. "Director of Athletics". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1929. p. 159.
  9. "Minor sports". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1933. p. 230.
  10. "Ralph F. Hutchinson". The New York Times. Associated Press. April 1, 1935. Retrieved December 29, 2010.

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