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Jill Hutchison
Jill Hutchison

Women's Basketball

Inducted: 1984

Spent 28 seasons (1970-73, 1974-99) as the head women's basketball coach at Illinois State ... compiled a record of 461-323 ... the winningest coach in Illinois State basketball history (men or women), Hutchison led her teams to 19 winning seasons, five Gateway Conference titles, seven AIAW state championships, two AIAW national tournaments, seven WNIT appearances and three NCAA Tournaments ... three-time Rawlings MVC Coach of the Year (1985, 1988, 1996) ... four-time national president of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), and coached two USA Olympians and 13 first-team all-conference players ... credited on the national front for influencing the growth of the women's game from relative obscurity to its current level of popularity ... currently does the radio for the Illinois State women's basketball team ... during the 2007-08 season, a banner commemorating Hutchison's achievements at Illinois State was hung from the rafters of Redbird Arena, making her just the fifth person to achieve that honor ... Hutchison was also a very successful coach on the international level, leading the United States to a gold medal at the 1983 World University Games and a silver medal at the 1978 Pan American Games ... two of the greatest players in school history, Cathy Boswell and Charlotte Lewis, played for Hutchison ... was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.