Gopher grad Brian Dutcher finally gets chance to lead college hoops program


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Nov 11, 2008
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Coaching brethren Tom Thibodeau and San Diego State’s Brian Dutcher shook hands and met for the first time at a Timberwolves training camp workout the other day.

Despite their unfamiliarity, each knows well the road the other traveled, with both making stops in Minnesota.

Thibodeau was as an NBA assistant coach for more than 20 years before he became a head coach for the first time with Chicago in 2010 at age 52.

Dutcher worked more than 30 years as a college assistant — including the last 27 beside Steve Fisher at Michigan and San Diego State — before the coach-in-waiting waited no more.

At age 57, the son of former Gophers coach Jim Dutcher finally was promoted to Aztecs’ head coach when Fisher retired after last season. He had been named the university’s “coach-in-waiting” in 2011.

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