FORT WAYNE – Kelley Hartley Hutton will be running the IPFW athletic department, starting Aug. 1, as the school’s women’s volleyball coach was named the interim athletic director Tuesday. And the interim tag may only be temporary.
Hutton will fill in after Tommy Bell departs to become the AD at Western Illinois. Bell’s final day with IPFW will be Aug. 8.
I was really flattered that the chancellor had faith in me to do the job and help our institution through this transition time, Hutton said. Right now, my focus is getting up to speed, and Tommy Bell has been so helpful with that.
Hutton joined IPFW in 1999 as the women’s volleyball coach and her 296 wins is the most in the program’s history.
She also served 12 years at IPFW as senior woman administrator and associate athletic director.
Kelley’s leadership in athletics and her stewardship as head coach of the women’s volleyball program make her a trusted resource for our university, Stan Davis, interim chancellor for financial affairs, said in a news release from the school. Her administrative experience, guidance and talent will serve us well through the transition period.
Hutton led the Mastodons to a 25-7 record and an NCAA tournament appearance after winning the Summit League tournament title last season.
Hutton said she is going to be a candidate for the permanent position.
It is a very good opportunity, she said. It is just that my passion is coaching so it is a very tough decision. My immediate focus is my (volleyball) season and helping our institution’s transition with Tommy’s departure.
Davis said a search committee of coaches, faculty members, the school’s compliance officer and a representative of student services will be named by mid-August to help select Bell’s permanent replacement.
The new athletic director should be in place by the end of the year, Davis said.
Davis said the new AD will have experience in athletics, development and community affairs. Other qualities will be a good organizer and a good relationship with coaches, Davis added.
We want to draw in the community more and more, especially since we have moved (men’s basketball) games back to campus, Davis said.