By Gary Lloyd
Happy birthday, Mike Dutton.
Dutton, who turned 68 on Thursday, will be the new Hewitt-Trussville varsity boys’ basketball coach.
Dutton will be approved at the May 6 Trussville City Board of Education meeting as the new basketball coach, said Athletics Director Karen Johns
Zane Arnold resigned last week after one season as the Hewitt-Trussville coach.
Dutton was the head basketball coach at Pinson Valley from 1987-1989, Oneonta from 1989-1991, again at Pinson Valley from 1991-2006, Mortimer Jordan from 2006-2008 and at Hayden from 2009-2012. Most recently, Dutton has been the volunteer assistant varsity boys’ basketball coach at Mortimer Jordan.
The gymnasium at Pinson Valley is named in Dutton’s honor in December 2004. At Pinson Valley, his team won the Jefferson County Basketball Tournament in 2001 and 2002. He was the Jefferson County Coach of the Year in 1989, 2001 and 2002. He was also the North team’s coach in the Alabama High School Athletic Association All Star Basketball Game in 2001.
Dutton, in his 25 years as a head coach, has 360 career wins. He also has coaching experience in track, cross country, soccer, football and tennis.
Dutton coached the state runner-up 13-year-old basketball team at Lewis M. Smith Elementary School in the 1968-1969. He was the coach of the Banks High School city championship ninth grade football team in 1969 and 1971. As the head basketball coach at Banks in 1972-1973, his teams won more games than the previous seven years.
Dutton was the principal at Banks High School from 1976-1978 and at Mountain Brook Junior High School from 1978-1987.
Dutton is a 1963 graduate of Banks High School. He graduated from the University of Montevallo with a bachelor’s degree in social studies and physical education in 1968 and earned his master’s in 1973. He earned his advanced certification in educational administration from Montevallo in 1977.
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