Behind The Desk is a weekly feature this summer profiling each of The Summit League's lead athletic administrators. These leaders provide a glimpse into their background and personal life along with their take on various aspects of college athletics.
In this week's installment, Fort Wayne Athletic Director Kelley Hartley Hutton is profiled.
NAME: Kelley Hartley Hutton
SCHOOL: Fort Wayne (IPFW)
Where I'm From: Grew up in Tecumseh, Mich., but Fort Wayne has been home since 1999.
Where I Went to School: Played volleyball at the University of Toledo (Go Rockets), completed Graduate School at Bowling Green.
My First Job: Girls softball coach for Tecumseh Parks and Rec Department when I was about 14 years old. I coached little girls, did some field maintenance, and bugged the director about how cruddy the girls' facilities were. His name was Mr. Eardly and he was a really nice man who put up with my mouth and offered me more and more responsibility while I worked there during the summers through high school.
What I Like …
An Influential Person in My Career: Can't name just one. All my coaches. I learned so much from my Dad, Diane Nelson (Jr. High Coach), Ted Todd (HS Volleyball Coach), Jodi Manore and Karen O'Brian (college coaches), and Ron Spagnoli (HS Basketball Coach). And then there are the icons – Mary Wise and Pat Summit.
A Timeless Idea: Dancing in the Rain
A Sports Facility: Old Tiger Stadium in Detroit. Our family went to games in the summer and I have fond memories.
A Sports Event: Any NCAA Championship. Though I love all competition, amateur sport is where my heart is.
A Brand: Hershey … mmmmmmmmmmm
A Trend: On-line shopping (Stitch Fix, Luxury Garage Sale). I hate shopping but I like to have stuff.
An Innovation: Keurig cups. I am always stocked so stop in for a cup.
An Idea or Invention I Wish I Had Thought Of: Snackeez – kids love them and they do reduce spills at my house.
What I Like about …
My Job: Getting to know our amazing student-athletes and working with enthusiastic, unselfish people.
Sports: Sports have the unique ability to bring people together who otherwise might not cross paths.
The Direction of Sports Business: The increased attention to student-athlete welfare issues like nutrition and mental illness.
Sports Fans: How emotionally connected we are to our teams.
What I would like to …
See More of in Sports: Upsets, comebacks, and crazy, creative student sections.
See More of in Sports Business: More women in coaching and administration. The numbers do not accurately represent the number of talented, qualified women out there.
See Different: Media attention celebrating the generosity and community service acts of athletes vs. the occasional scandal.
What I like …
People: Sense of humor & positive attitude. What else is there?
That Would Surprise Those Who Know Me: I kiss my dog on the mouth and love the theater.
Heroes: My parents. They were hardworking and loving and also firm and consistent.
Teams: MASTODONS!!! All of them!
City: New York – specifically the theater district.
Memento: Notes from by daughter and my Summit League Championship rings.
Books: Non-fiction. I have so much to learn from inspiring and interesting people.
Movies: Anything with Will Ferrell. I love to laugh and he is my "celebrity crush."
Trip: Tropical with my husband.
Websites: GoMastodons.com, thesummitleague.org, amazon.com
Gadget: Swiffers. Good bye dust bunnies.
App: 7 min work out. (I should probably do it 7 times, but I don't)
Quote: "Actions speak louder than words"