First African American Athletic Director, Marcus Hutchins, Notches First Boy’s Basketball Class A Federation Championship!
In 2015, The Park School of Buffalo Pioneers won the Class B State Federation Championship under the
tutelage of Athletic Director Tom Ford and Head Boy’s Basketball Coach Michael Battaglia. In that same year, Marcus Hutchins was hired as the new Athletic Director, and the schools first African American Athletic Director, bringing with him 16 years of experience from The University at Buffalo as the Associate Director of Facilities and Business Operations.
Hutchins is also the founder of The Unit Promise, a non-profit organization that focuses on youth engagement and development. He serves on several boards. He is the father of two teenage sons, Noah and Kaleb Hutchins who both attend The Park School of Buffalo and Husband to wife Samantha Hutchins.At the same time that Marcus Hutchins was hired at The Park School of Buffalo, the schools athletic programs moved up from Class B, to Class A large schools.
On Sunday, March 25, 2018 The Park School of Buffalo Boys Basketball team defeated Albany Academy at the buzzer, 59-57 in a back in forth game from the very start. The win notches The Park School of Buffalo’s second Federation title, in two different classes (Class A and Class B), in 4 years. The win also propelled The Park School into the history books, as only 6 other teams from Western New York have ever won a Federation title as a Large School. Their opponent, Albany Academy was the two-time defending New York State Class A Federation Champion and the fourth straight season that they’ve played in the championship game.
In speaking with Marcus Hutchins, he was extremely proud of the way that the student-athletes have come together in his program. “They’ve embodied the fact that this is bigger than them and they’ve embraced the idea that winning, the goal, is more important than any individual performance.” Also, with the win, notches Marcus Hutchins first New York State Title in any sport under his leadership as Athletic Director at The Park School of Buffalo. “It feels good, it’s been a work in progress,” were Hutchins sentiments to the feat. His philosophy to building quality student-athletes is through engagement, accountability and development. He believes that students should be nurtured to be good people first and foremost and that when this is accomplished, everything else falls into place. Hutchins himself is no stranger to that philosophy.
At the University at Buffalo, Marcus Hutchins sits in the Athletic Hall of Fame for his prestigious wrestling career. There, he also earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Sciences Interdisciplinary/Legal Studies, a Masters of Arts Degree in Applied Public Affairs and Urban Studies as well as an Advanced Certificate from the Graduate School of Education in Teaching and leading for Diversity and he currently is an adjunct professor at UB. His wife, Samantha Hutchins also played basketball for the University at Buffalo Women’s basketball program.
Congratulations Marcus Hutchins, on your great feat as a New York State Class A Federation Champion and much success in your future accomplishments as the Athletic Director of The Park School of Buffalo.