KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Margaret Hutson, who served as women's basketball coach at the University of Tennessee from 1971-74, passed away on June 7.
In her four seasons as head coach, Hutson guided UT to a 60-19 record, including a 25-2 mark in 1974 before stepping down to pursue a Ph.D. Her performance was even more impressive, considering she arrived at Tennessee in the fall of 1970 to teach physical education courses and had no experience playing high school or college basketball.
Hutson's tenure was marked by the most wins in school history at that point and by successful lobbying and fund-raising efforts to enable the UT women to join the men's basketball team in wearing orange uniforms in competition.
While Hutson went on to a 27-year hall of fame career in teaching, coaching, athletic training and administration at Emory and Henry College, her departure from Rocky Top opened the door for a young woman named Pat Summitt to step into the head coaching role instead of the assistant's slot she had been hired to fill.
A memorial service for Hutson will be held at 1 p.m. on Sat., July 8, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Abingdon, Va., with interment at the Holston Conference Cemetery in Emory, Va. Immediately following the interment, the family will receive friends at the King Athletic Center on the Emory & Henry College campus.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Emory & Henry College, Emory, Va. 24327; Ecumenical Faith in Action, 798 Hillman Highway NE, Abingdon, Va. 24210; St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 124 East Main St., Abingdon, Va. 24210; or The Pat Summitt Foundation, 520 West Summitt Hill Drive, Knoxville, Tenn. 37902.