Terry Hutchens, longtime Indiana University beat writer, passed away on Friday at the age of 60. Terry is survived by his wife Susan, mother Dena, sister Kelly and two sons: Bryan and Kevin.
Terry was born March 19, 1958, to Dena and Al Hutchens in Portland, Oregon. He met his wife Susan in California in 1984, and they were married on July 5, 1986.
Terry graduated from the Indiana University School of Journalism in May of 1989. He began his career with the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, covering the Indianapolis Colts, before he moved to the Indianapolis News. Terry worked for the News, and subsequently the Indianapolis Star, for 27 years, the majority of which was spent covering the Indiana Hoosiers basketball and football programs. Most recently, he worked the Indiana University beat for CNHI Sports Indiana, a conglomeration of 13 newspapers and websites throughout the state.
A renowned sports writer, Terry was recognized with numerous awards and distinctions during his career. Most notably, Terry was a five-time recipient of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Indiana Sports Writer of the Year Award. Terry also wrote nine books on Indiana sports —including "Rising From the Ashes: The Return of Indiana Basketball," and three children’s books for the youngest IU and Purdue fans.
In addition to being a devoted husband and father, Terry was a coach, author, professor, parishioner and mentor. He coached Catholic Youth Organization high school basketball for both his sons and countless others in the Holy Spirit Geist parish. He sang in the church choir for 13 years at the 11 a.m. Mass each Sunday. Terry also co-wrote "Never, Ever Quit," a Christian inspirational book, with Jane Hoeppner, wife of the late IU football coach Terry Hoeppner. Always quick to lighten up the room with a joke, Terry was a friend to many. He will be deeply missed.
Terry’s family has been incredibly touched by all of the outpouring of support over the past week. It is amazing how many people were personally impacted by their relationship with Terry. In his honor, please feel free to share a memory of Terry or a way that he has impacted your life at the following page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2050040968375424/
Those who knew Terry knew his passion for both youth athletics and Indiana University journalism. If you wish to make a gift in his memory, his family requests that gifts be made to the Holy Spirit Geist Athletic Department and the Indiana University Media School.