Air Force baseball coach Mike Hutcheon told his team after Friday night’s 5-4 loss to Georgia Southern in Atlanta that he will resign at the end of the season, according to several sources with knowledge of his post-game remarks.
The resignation will end a tumultuous seven-season tenure that was marked by trying times on the field and problems off of it.
Friday’s loss was the Falcons’ ninth in a row and dropped them to 7-26 on the season. During Hutcheon’s tenure, Air Force is 72-271 including 13-143 in Mountain West Conference play.
A week ago, Air Force announced the suspensions of five players for violations of academy standards. The suspensions came shortly after the Falcons removed two players from the team for disciplinary issues.
The suspensions continued a trend of roster upheaval under Hutcheon. A pair of former starters left the team during the 2009 season, and four more players were cut after it. And when two juniors decided to stop playing in August, the Falcons had just one junior remaining on their roster – and there had been 14 members of the Class of 2011 on the roster when they were freshmen.
Hutcheon, who was investigated – and cleared – by the academy for religious proselytizing early in his time at Air Force, had been under significant fire recently from some parents of former players and baseball alumni, who reached out to academy leadership seeking his removal.
Hutcheon and athletic director Hans Mueh could not be reached for comment Friday night.