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Wilbur Hutsell

Inducted: 1975, coach

Born: November 10, 1892 - Moberly, Missouri
Deceased: December 8, 1980

The head track coach at Auburn University for 42 years, Wilbur Hutsell developed some of the finest hurdlers in the world, including fellow Hall of Fame enshrines Weems Baskin and Percy Beard. Both Baskin and Beard also became renowned coaches whose teams frequently competed against Hutsell's Tigers. While at Auburn, Hutsell's teams had a 140-25 dual meet record and won three Southeastern Conference team titles. During the period between 1921 and 1963, he coached four Olympians -- 400-meter runner Snitz Snider in 1928, Beard in 1932, steeplechaser Whitey Overton in 1948 and discus thrower Jim Dillon in 1952. He was the trainer for the 1924 Olympic wrestling team and was an assistant track coach at the 1928 Olympic Games.


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