Bill Hutton is one of the consummate builders of the game of lacrosse domestically and internationally. Over his long and illustrious career, he has coached at the minor level and served as president of both the Ontario Lacrosse Association and the Canadian Lacrosse Association—and just about everything else in between. He has been Chair of the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation and received many awards for his selfless service to the game including Canada’s 125th Governor General’s Award, Ontario’s Mr. Lacrosse Award and a Life Membership, the CLA’s Lester B. Pearson Award, induction into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and many others.
Hutton is especially known for never turning his back on a challenge when it came to helping the game. He steered the amalgamation of the Ontario Minor Lacrosse Association and the Ontario Lacrosse Association, which led to greater efficiencies for the sport in Ontario. He chaired the 1986 World Field Lacrosse Championship when the government and other entities had turned its back on the project. He restructured the Canadian Lacrosse Association at a time when leadership was less than what was needed to ensure a future for the game in Canada.
Bill also was one of the key drivers behind getting lacrosse recognized as Canada’s National Summer Sport in 1994. All this came from a person who had not played the game himself – an uncommon background in that regard.