Athletic Hall of Fame

Jim Dutcher

Jim Dutcher

Sport(s): Coach, Basketball

Induction Class: 2003

Served as the head men's basketball coach at Eastern Michigan University from 1966-67 through the 1971-72 season... Recorded a 127-49 win-loss record for a winning percentage of .722 during his six years as head coach, the third-most wins in EMU history... Led the men's basketball team to post-season tournaments in all six seasons as head coach... Made the NAIA National Tournament field in Kansas City four times (1968, 1969, 1970, and 1971)... Directed the 1971-72 Hurons to the final four in the NCAA-College Division national championship game... Named NAIA District 23 Coach of the Year in 1971 and was also selected NCAA District 4 Coach of the Year in 1972... Went on to become an assistant men's basketball coach at the University of Michigan from 1972-75 before taking over as head men's basketball coach at the University of Minnesota from 1975-86... While at Minnesota he was named Big Ten Coach of the Year twice and the NCAA District II Coach of the Year once... Recorded a 190-112 record at Minnesota... Also serves as the head men's basketball coach at Alpena Community College from 1958-66 where he turned in a 105-77 record in eight seasons... His 1966 Alpena team made the championship game of the National Junior College Tournament... Recruited and coached such prominent NBA players as George Gervin, Kevin McHale, Kennedy McIntosh, Camp Russell, Mychal Thompson, Ray Wilhams, Earle Higgins, Harvey Marlatt, Randy Breuer, and Trent Tucker.

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