Dean Hutchinson is in his fifth year as Co-Owner of the Strive Swim Science Center in New Jersey. A former standout swimmer from Delran High School, Jersey Wahoo’s, and Auburn University, Hutchinson was a seven-time NCAA Division I All-American and USA National Team member. He was a co-captain of Auburn’s first-ever Southeastern Conference Championship team in 1994 and a flag bearer and silver medalist at the World University Games in 1999. Hutchinson’s highest world ranking was eighth in the 50-meter freestyle in 1994. He competed in three Olympic Trials and captured Rookie of the Meet honors at the 1992 Olympic Trials.
Hutchinson earned his B.S. degree in Exercise Science at Auburn University and added an M.S degree in Physical Therapy from Allegheny University in 1998. Hutchinson practices physical therapy with Strive Physical Therapy and Aquatic Rehabilitation in NJ. He has continued to develop his coaching by offering clinics to university teams and sport governing bodies throughout the world. He has worked with Olympians from the USA and Nederlands and has sent over 60 athletes to Division 1 programs in the last 5 years. Dean also runs a start and turn clinic at the United States Naval Academy, going on year 8 right now.
As a swimmer, Dean overcame a rare tumor that had to be surgically removed, along with half of his left lung in his junior year at Auburn. He was able to come back from that surgery to break Rowdy Gaines’ 50 free records at Auburn less than 6 months after surgery. It is a major teaching point of all of his meetings with athletes as she shares his passion for our sport.