Christine Hutchison was appointed head field hockey and women’s lacrosse coach at Eastern Connecticut State University in the summer of 2006. Hutchison is in her 16th year with the field hockey program, having served as an assistant coach in 2004 and 2005 before being appointed head coach.
At Eastern, Hutchison has coached more years (13) and matches (231) and has compiled more wins (79) than any previous coach in the program's 23-year history.
In 2015, the Warriors capped a four-year run of steady improvement with a milestone season which included program records for overall (13), and Little East Conference (8) wins, a best-ever No. 4 seed in the LEC playoffs, a first-ever LEC playoff home game and win and first trip to the LEC championship game.
For that, Hutchison was named LEC Coach-of-the-Year (she would follow that up with identical Coach-of-the-Year recognition in the spring of 2016 after leading the Warriors to a share of the LEC regular-season lacrosse title).
In 2014, the Warriors equalled their highest season win total (to that point) since 2001, equalled the second-most Little East Conference regular-season wins in program history and took the LEC's top seed into overtime in a first-round LEC tournament loss.
For Eastern under Hutchison, academics are a priority. Thirteen years have produced an average of 6.8 NFHCA Academic Squad qualifiers each year, with a record 14 earning a spot on the team in 2018 (minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30 through the fall). A three-year span betweeen 2015 and 2017 produced six NFHCA Scholar of Distinction designations (3.90 cumulative GPA through the fall) with 2018 graduate Katy Jankura a three-time honoree. The last four teams (2015-18) have also earned an NFHCA Academic Team Award for having a composite team GPA of at least 3.30 during the fall semester.
In 12 years of the LEC All-Academic program, Eastern has been represented by 57 student-athletes (nearly five per year), with 28 individuals (juniors and seniors only are eligible) qualifying for an ECSU Scholar-Athlete Award in the last four years alone, and 52 in all under Hutchison. Five of seven E-Club recipients in 2017-18 earned an Outstanding Award (cumulative GPA of 3.50 through the first semester).
As a collegian, Hutchison played four seasons (1996-99) of field hockey at Division III University of Mary Washington, where she was named to the STX/NFHCA Division III All-South Region team and to the NFHCA North-South Senior All-Star Game as a senior midfielder in 1999. At Mary Washington, Hutchison was also a two-time, first-team All-Capital Athletic Conference all-star and graduated as the program’s all-time leader with 24 assists. As a senior captain in the fall of 1999, Hutchison led the team in points (26) and assists (12).
Hutchison earned her B.S. Degree in Math from Mary Washington and her M.S. in Organizational Management from Eastern. Hutchison and husband Joe reside with their children in Preston.