Washington University in St. Louis Director of Athletics Anthony J. Azama proudly announced the hiring of Summer Hutcheson as the Senior Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) for Internal Operations and Administration in November of 2018.
“Summer has the unique combination as a former student-athlete and professional, with experiences as both a coach and administrator at Division I, Division III and NAIA institutions, to be a perfect fit to this broad and critical role,” said Azama. “She understands the needs of student-athletes at a prestigious academic university and has experience supporting coaches and staff across both the academic and athletic spectrum. We are fortunate that Summer is joining the WashU family.
Hutcheson will contribute towards building a future vision for the Department of Athletics, while supervising assigned staff and athletic programs. In addition, she will be the department’s primary administrator in the areas of Title IX, student-athlete health & wellness, and diversity and inclusivity, leadership development, and career planning programs.
“I am grateful to Director of Athletics Anthony J. Azama for the opportunity to join the incredible student-athletes and committed staff to continue building and enhancing the WashU student-athlete experience,” noted Hutcheson. “WashU athletics has a long-standing history of excellence and as a world-class institution that deeply values the learning and living environment of athletics. I am looking forward to being a part of the future innovation and growth of the department.”
Hutcheson joins the WashU athletic administrative staff after most recently serving as the Associate Director of Athletics and SWA at Mount Holyoke College, a liberal arts college for women located in South Hadley, Mass. She spent five years with the Lyons and had primary oversight of student-athlete leadership development and programming; compliance and eligibility; admissions, recruiting and retention; and campus relations.
Some major achievements at Mount Holyoke include the creation of a new student-athlete code of conduct, alcohol and other drug policy, and trans student-athlete support plan in line with the campus policies, Title IX and NCAA requirements. She also helped coordinate the integration of Front Rush software with software from the admissions office to aid and streamline the recruiting process and information flow between athletics and admissions.
Prior to Mount Holyoke, Hutcheson worked at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for eight years as a Special Assistant to the Director of Athletics and as an assistant coach of both the men’s and women’s cross country and track & field programs. As the special assistant she supervised the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) while also overseeing assigned budget areas and the overall management of the office.
As an assistant coach, Hutcheson helped with the development and implementation of cross country, sprint, middle-distance and distance workouts, assisted with meet organization, served as a mentor for the student-athletes and conducted on-campus visits with prospective student-athletes.
Prior to her tenure at MIT, Hutcheson spent a year as an assistant cross country/track & field coach at the University of Tulsa (2004-05) and at Minot State University (2003-04), where the men’s cross country team won the NAIA national championship. She also spent three years at Faith Academy in Mobile, Ala. teaching English and public speaking as well as coaching the boy’s and girl’s track and field teams. In 2003, she led both squads to state championships.
A 2000 graduate of the University of Mobile with a B.A. in English, Hutcheson was an All-American in the mile run and a six-time Academic All-American in cross country and track & field. She earned an M.A. in Education from Minot State in 2010.
Updated December 1, 2018