Freed-Hardeman President David Shannon has announced that Chester County High School boys’ basketball coach and former Freed-Hardeman assistant Drew Stutts will take over the FHU men’s basketball program as its new head coach.
Stutts, a native of Florence, Alabama, played basketball at Northwest Shoals Community College and the University of North Alabama, where he received a degree in physical education in 2011. During his playing career, he also served as the assistant coach at his high school alma mater, Mars Hill Bible School and helped lead the school to a 104-28 record and two final four appearances.
Shannon stated, “We are excited to welcome Drew back to Freed-Hardeman Athletics. His passion for returning to FHU in this capacity is exciting, and his love for coaching basketball is interwoven with his deep appreciation for the Freed-Hardeman and Chester County community. We are confident his character and skills will grow the players, the program and the university. His coaching philosophy and his life align perfectly with our goals.”
FHU Athletic Director Mike McCutchen added, “We’re excited to have Drew return as our head coach. He understands the mission of the university, the importance of athletics and how men’s basketball fits into that mission. Drew and FHU Assistant Coach Jake Mitchell will make a strong team. We’re looking forward to great things from men’s basketball.”
Before coming to Freed-Hardeman as assistant coach in 2017-18, Stutts was the athletic director and head basketball coach at Corner High School in Birmingham, Alabama, from 2011 to 2014. From 2014 to 2017, he was the junior varsity head coach and varsity assistant coach at Hewitt Trussville High School.
As the head coach at Chester County this past season, Stutts led the Eagles to a 19-10 record and the first region semifinal since 2004. The offense averaged 73 points-per-game, which was top 10 in the state of Tennessee.
Stutts commented, “I am thankful for and humbled by this opportunity. My family and I are excited to be a part of the Freed-Hardeman family again. I want to thank President Shannon and Coach McCutchen for this great opportunity. I look forward to bringing an excellent brand of basketball to FHU.”
His wife, Amanda, is an adjunct nursing clinical instructor at Freed-Hardeman, and they have two sons, Roman (5) and Deacon (3).
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