Mike McCutchen
Mike McCutchen
Athletic Director

Mike McCutchen enters his 10th year as athletic director and 31st year on the staff at Freed-Hardeman University.  After graduating from FHU in 1977 and coaching at the high school level, he returned in 1986 as assistant men’s basketball coach. He had previously been the head boys’ basketball coach at Adamsville (Tenn.) Jr/Sr High School, the school that produced Lion Hall of Famer, Randall Avery. In 1988, McCutchen succeeded Charlie Smith as head coach of the men’s program. Under his leadership, the Lions were able to achieve a new level of success. The Lions won 20 games for the first time in school history in 1996, going 23-10. Two years later, the Lions made their first-ever appearance in the NAIA National Tournament. 

From 1995 to 2003, the Lions won 20 or more games six times and amassed a 166-101 record during the eight-year period. In addition, the Lions achieved the program’s first NAIA top-ten ranking (No. 6) during the 2002-2003 season.

McCutchen gave up the whistle in 2005 and moved into the classroom for two years while working in Academic Services and supervising student-teachers prior to being named Freed-Hardeman’s athletic director on April 4, 2007.

While members of the TranSouth Athletic Conference, McCutchen served as conference vice-president for three years and as president for one year. He was named TSAC Athletic Director of the year in 2010-2011 and again in 2011-2012.  He was also honored as a NACDA Under Armour AD of the Year in 2012-2013. McCutchen also served several years on the NAIA National Administrative Council and now represents the American Midwest Conference as a member of the NAIA Athletic Directors Association Board of Directors.

In addition to a Bachelor of Science degree from FHU in Teaching Health & Physical Education, McCutchen holds a Master's of Education degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Memphis. He has served as an elder at the Henderson Church of Christ since 2000. His wife, Spring, along with his two children, Erin and Michael, are also FHU graduates.