Ian Hutton began his rowing career at Holy Spirit High School in southern New Jersey, a school whose reputation in the sport is far-reaching. While rowing for the Spartans, Hutton enjoyed considerable success, winning gold medals at the prestigious Stotesbury Cup Regatta, City of Philadelphia Championships and Scholastic Rowing Association (SRA) National Championships. Hutton went on to compete for perennial rowing powerhouse Brown University, where he earned a silver medal at the Eastern Sprints.
After graduating from Brown, Hutton returned to his alma mater to coach the Holy Spirit Girls Crew. While he was there, Hutton's lightweight crews earned five consecutive gold medals at the City of Philadelphia Championships, gold and silver medals at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta and gold, silver and bronze medals at the Scholastic Nationals.
Hutton became the Head Coach of Women's Crew at the University of Rhode Island after leaving Holy Spirit, overseeing the transition of women's crew from a club sport to a Division I varsity program. While coaching for the Rams, Hutton's program climbed from 11th to 4th place in the Atlantic 10 Conference against formidable Division I teams like UMass and George Washington and put on a bronze-medal performance at the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta.
In 2000, Hutton came to MIT as Head Coach of Men's Lightweight Crew. Since then, his crews have enjoyed moderate success, capturing four consecutive wins at the Textile River Regatta and making a strong return to the Lightweight Championship at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Regatta.
Hutton became the Head Coach of Men's Lightweight Crew at the National Team Development Camp in the summer of 2001, hosted by Riverside Boat Club. During that time, his crews earned several victories at the Independence Day Regatta and US Rowing National Championships. Later that summer, Hutton's crew enjoyable remarkable success at the Royal Canadian Henley, winning several titles and narrowly missing the gold in the Lightweight Eight by a precious 0.1 seconds. Just two weeks prior, Hutton took his top four oarsmen to the National Team Trials, where one of his Lightweight Pairs won by a convincing margin, earning them a berth to the World Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland (they would go on to finish fifth in the Petite Finals).
Hutton still enjoys rowing; you'll often see him rowing his single on the Charles River in the summer and fall and he competes every year in the Head of the Charles Regatta with his former teammates from Brown.