Hutchison named CGHS basketball coach

2007 CGHS graduate takes over varsity boys’ program

Seth Hutchison is coming home.

The 2007 graduate from Cottage Grove High School is returning to the school where he will be the varsity boys’ basketball coach.

“It’s a dream come true. It’s pretty great to come back to my hometown where I grew up, went to school K-12. Played in the program all four years. It’s a dream come true to come back and kind of give back to the community that raised me and kind of turned me into the man I am now,” said Hutchison. “It’s very cool and not many people get a chance to do that. I take great pride in this so it’s pretty exciting.”

Hutchison, 29, was called about the position after Nick Finely, who coached one season at CGHS, began a job in Alaska earlier this month. Hutchison applied for the job a season ago.

After graduating from CGHS, Hutchison became a manager for the Oregon State basketball team. After graduating from OSU, he was the head coach of the freshman team at Marist High School and then assisted his high school head coach, CGHS alumni Bart Pollard, with Marist’s varsity program.

Following his time with the Spartans, he was offered a job as the JV coach for Pleasant Hill and was head coach for the past two seasons. Which now leads Hutchison to his first time as head coach at the varsity level.

“It’s exciting and I’m a little bit nervous but there’s going to be a lot of learning in this process but I’m up for the challenge on that. I love to learn, I love to continue to grow professionally. I’m very excited for this opportunity,” he said.

In addition to coaching, Hutchison has a teaching license from OSU and will be teaching PE at his former school Bohemia Elementary.

With three months until the basketball season begins, Hutchison’s attention now turns to his team.

“I don’t know much about them and I view that as a good thing. Every one of these kids comes in with a blank slate,” he said. “Whatever happened their freshman or sophomore or junior year, I don’t care about that. You’re coming in with a blank slate.”

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