Mark was born on February 2nd, 1958 in Orlando, FL to Bill and Barbara Ann Hutsell. His siblings are Marcia Englert, Robin Powell, and Keith Hutsell, all of whom attended Boone High School. Mark attended Pershing Elementary School, Conway Jr. High School, and Boone High School.
Mark played baseball at Conway Little League from the age of 9 to 15 years old. He led his 12 and 15 yr. old teams to the Little League State Tournament as a catcher and pitcher. He played Gray-Y football, basketball, and soccer while at Pershing Elementary. He once scored 49 points in a basketball game as a 12 yr. old on his Gray-Y team.
Mark attended Conway Jr. High from 7-9th grades. As a 7th grader he played QB for Orlando Optimist football team and led them to the POP Warner National Championship. He then played JV Basketball at Conway and led his team in scoring. He started at 2nd base on the Varsity Baseball team as a 7th grader. In 8th grade he played QB and led his team to The Kumquat Bowl. He started at guard on the Varsity Basketball team and played SS on the baseball team. In 9th grade he played football, basketball, and led his baseball team to the county championship.
Mark attended Boone High School from 1973-1976. He started at QB as a Sophomore, played JV Basketball, and pole vaulted in track. His Junior year he led “The Dirty 30” football team to a 9-2 record and was MVP of the 1974 Sentinel Star Bowl. He was 6th man on the Varsity Basketball team and pole vaulted on the track team. Mark was honorable mention All-State and 2nd team All-Metro Conference QB.
As a senior, Mark was Pre Season All Central FL QB, started on the basketball team, and was All Metro Conference SS on the baseball team. He then signed a scholarship to play football at East Tennessee State University.
While attending East Tennessee State University, Mark started at QB for 3 years. He broke 6 season and career passing records. Mark’s sophomore year, he was 5th in the nation in passing after 3 games. He missed the last 8 games due to an ankle injury. As a junior, Mark finished 8th in the nation in passing and total offense. As a senior, Mark finished 9th in the nation in passing, was named Associated Press National Back of the Week and 1st team All Southern Conference QB. He was the first Buccaneer ever to be invited to an All-star game, the 1979 Blue Gray game. Mark graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1980, and was elected into the East Tennessee State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.
Mark has 4 children, each who have attended Boone High School. His oldest daughter, Caitlin, played tennis and was voted Most Spirited Cheerleader her senior year. Mark’s oldest son, Joel, played football, baseball, and ran track and is currently the lead guitarist for country music star, Cole Swindell. Sam is Mark’s middle son who played QB for Boone and led them to their first undefeated season in football as a Sophomore. Sam also played Varsity Baseball for 4 years. Youngest son, Brad, played football, baseball, and ran track. In his last football game he caught 5 passes for over 140 yards against eventual State Champion Tampa Plant.
Mark and his wife of 5 years, Julia, moved to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Johnson City, TN in November of 2016. Mark has 2 step sons, Chris and Stephen Soroka. Mark owns QBS Packaging, is the Membership Director of the Johnson City Country Club and is currently the Color Analyst on ESPN 3 for all East Tennessee State University football games.