Legendary college basketball coach dies at 84
Legendary college basketball coach Eddie Sutton has died at 84 according to a report from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He had been in hospice care.
An Oklahoma State alum, Sutton had a career in college coaching that spanned over 40 years, beginning at the junior college level in 1966 when he landed his first head coaching gig at Southern Idaho. After compiling an 84-14 record there, Sutton was named the head coach at Creighton, where he spent the 1969-74 seasons.
Sutton was 82-50 at Creighton and never had a losing season in five years as the head coach.
Following his time at Creighton, Sutton went on to have lengthy stops at Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State. In 11 seasons with the Razorbacks, Sutton won 260 games, led the team to nine-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the Final Four during the 1977-78 campaign.
In 1985, Sutton took over the program at Kentucky, where he spent four years. He had three NCAA Tournament appearances with the Wildcats. He experienced the only losing season in his career at UK, finishing 13-19 during the 1988-89 season.
Sutton had his longest run in coaching at his alma mater. In 1990, Sutton took over at Oklahoma State, where he’d coach through the 2006 season. He racked up a record of 368-151 with the Cowboys and made 13 NCAA Tournament appearances. He guided the program to two Final Four trips in 1995 and 2004. His teams also made two NIT trips.
Just once in his time at Oklahoma State did the Cowboys fail to reach the postseason, with that year coming in 1995-96 after a 17-10 campaign.
Sutton ended his coaching career at San Francisco, where he was the interim head coach for one season.
In over 40 years as a head coach, Sutton won 804 games with a .710 winning percentage, appeared in the NCAA Tournament 25 times and had three Final Four trips.
Sutton was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in April.