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Justin Hutson enters his third season of his second stint at San Diego State after returning to Montezuma Mesa following a two-year stay at UNLV where he was the associate head coach. This year is his eighth overall at SDSU (2006-11, 2013-present).
When Hutson returned in April of 2013, he reunited with Fisher, Brian Dutcher, Mark Fisher, David Velasquez and Matt Soria, a group with which he spent five seasons. During their tenure, the Aztecs went to the postseason five times and averaged 25.4 wins per year, which included six postseason victories. In 2009, SDSU advanced to the NIT semifinals and reached the 2011 NCAA Sweet 16 en route to a 34-3 record and a No. 6/11 (AP/Coaches) final ranking. At the Mountain West level, the Aztecs won the 2010 and 2011 tournament titles and the 2011 regular season.
Hutson was part of a staff that set numerous school records and in the last three years of his first tenure, Hutson took on the role of defensive coordinator and helped SDSU lead the MW in scoring defense in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Upon his return, Hutson helped the 2013-14 team to a 31-5 record, an MW regular-season title, an appearance in the Sweet 16 and a final national ranking of No. 13/12. Last year, he coached SDSU to a 27-9 mark, another MW regular-season crown and a spot in the NCAA third round.
Defensively, the Aztecs have been one of the best in the nation, finishing second in scoring defense the last two years and posting top-10 efforts in field-goal percentage defense (8th in 2014, 7th in 2015). San Diego State also produced the fifth-best three-point percentage defense in 2014 and the 16th-best effort in 2015.
In both of his stints, Hutson has played a pivotal part in San Diego State's recruiting efforts as the team's recruiting coordinator. He was instrumental in securing a pair of nationally recognized recruiting classes, including the No. 15 class leading into the 2009-10 campaign, which included 2011 NBA first-round draft pick Kawhi Leonard and four-year starter Chase Tapley. That class was also rated the top group among non-automatic qualifying BCS schools by a pair of recruiting sites. Joining that class was Washington State transfer Xavier Thames, who ended up being a 2014 NBA draft pick and MW Player of the Year. Hutson also recruited Jamaal Franklin, a two-time All-American, and 2013 NBA draft pick of the Memphis Grizzlies. The 2014-15 incoming class, his first of his second stint at SDSU, meanwhile, was regarded as a top-15 class and this year, he helped secure a pair of four-star players.
In a poll among Division I coaches conducted by ESPN's Jeff Goodman in the summer of 2013, Hutson was considered the eighth-best recruiting assistant nationally and the best on the West Coast. More recently, ESPN's Adam Finkelstein listed Hutson as a top up-and-coming recruiter (May 2014) and Miles Simon placed him on his west region ultimate coaching staff (May 2014).
Prior to his decision to return to San Diego State, Hutson helped UNLV to a pair of 25-plus-win seasons and two NCAA tournament appearances. He played a key role in helping the Rebels bring in a highly regarded recruiting class in 2012-13, which included the 2013 No. 1 overall NBA draft selection, Anthony Bennett, a player he recruited.
Before arriving at SDSU in July 2006, Hutson served as an assistant coach at Cal Poly.
The Mustangs went 10-19 in 2005-06, doubling their previous season's win total. He was responsible for recruiting the 2006 Big West Freshman of the Year and landing two freshmen on the Big West all-freshmen team, along with bringing two first-team all-Big West selections and the defensive player of the year to San Luis Obispo in 2006-07.
Prior to his stint at Cal Poly, Hutson served as the head varsity coach at Bakersfield High where he led the Drillers to a CIF Central Section title and four appearances in the playoffs in four seasons. His 2004 team was ranked as high as No. 22 in the nation and fourth in California, while his 2003 squad finished the season with a 25-5 record and won the section title. Prior to entering the high school ranks, he was an assistant coach at his alma mater CSU Bakersfield for two seasons (1999-00).
As a collegiate player, Hutson enjoyed a storied career, winning two NCAA Division II championships at CSU Bakersfield. In the 1993 championship season, the Roadrunners were undefeated with a 33-0 record and followed that up with a 27-6 record during the 1994 season.
A native of Bakersfield, Hutson earned his bachelor's degree in physical education in 1994 and a teaching credential in 1995 from CSU Bakersfield. He also received his master of arts in education from CSU Bakersfield in 2009.