Blue Dragon great Terry Masterson dies at Age

Hutchinson CC Sports Information

Whether it be as a student-athlete, instructor or coach, Terry Masterson has been a part of Hutchinson Community College Athletics for better than 60 years.

A 2001 inductee into the Hutchinson Quarterback Club Hall of Fame, Masterson died early Saturday morning, July 6, 2019.

There will be a visitation on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Elliott Mortuary. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, also at Elliott Mortuary.

Born September 20, 1939, Masterson played football and ran track at Hutchinson Community College from 1957 to 1959. Masterson earned an AA degree at Hutchinson in 1959. He then received his bachelors' degree at Tabor College in Hillsboro, KS. Masterson eventually earned a Master's degree in sociology and then took the job at Hutchinson.

He began his Blue Dragon coaching career in 1968, being named head track and field coach and assistant football coach. He came back to Hutchinson after teaching and coaching stints at Inman, Halstead and Ellinwood high schools.

Masterson's crowning achievement in his 42-year Blue Dragon coaching career was his 2001 women's cross country team earning a No. 1 NJCAA Division II preseason ranking and proving the voters right as Hutchinson was crowned NJCAA Division II national champions.

Masterson added duties the men's cross country coach in 1970 and became solely the head cross country coach in 1980. He started the women's cross country program at Hutchinson in 1984.

Masterson's Hutchinson men's teams had eight NJCAA Top 10 national finishes, including a fourth-place national finish in 1976. The Blue Dragons won four Region VI championships in 1978, 1982, 1986 and 1987 under Masterson. There were five Region VI runner-up finishes as well. Eight Blue Dragon runners earned NJCAA All-America honors.

Hutch's women's teams had five overall Top-10 national finishes. In addition to the national championship in 2001, the 1998 Blue Dragon women finished third at nationals. Hutchinson's women won the 2001 Region VI crown and earned three other regional runner-up finishes and produced five NJCAA All-Americans.

While a student-athlete at Hutchinson, Masterson was one of the first junior college fullbacks to combine size and speed. On the track, Masterson ran low hurdles, the mile relay and threw the discus. He was clocked at 10.0 seconds in the 100-yard dash and 22 seconds in the 220-yard dash and his freshman mile relay team finished 10th in the nation.

Even after his retirement on July, 9, 2010, Masterson continued to be part of the Blue Dragon family, serving on the Quarterback Club Hall of Fame selection committee through the induction class of 2018.