Bio entering 2013-14
Justin Hutson, a former San Diego State men's basketball assistant coach, returned to Montezuma Mesa for a second stint on April 15, 2013. Hutson, who served as assistant coach at SDSU from 2006-2011, returns to the Aztecs after serving as an associate head coach at UNLV the past two seasons. The 2013-14 campaign will be his sixth overall at San Diego State.
Hutson is 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 includes six postseason victories. In 2009, SDSU advanced to the NIT semifinals and in 2011, reached the 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 crown.
Hutson was part of a staff that set numerous school records, including many that still stand entering the 2013-14 campaign. In the last three years of his first tenure with the Aztecs, Hutson took on the role of defensive coordinator and helped SDSU lead the Mountain West in scoring defense in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
While on The Mesa, Hutson 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 the recently departed 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. Hutson also recruited Jamaal Franklin, a two-time All-American, and 2013 second-round NBA draft pick of the Memphis Grizzlies.
In a poll among Division I coaches conducted by ESPN's Jeff Goodman this past summer, Hutson was considered the eighth-best recruiting assistant nationally and the best on the West Coast.
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 School where he led the Drillers to a CIF Central Section Championship 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.