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Eddie Sutton
  • Won a total of 804 games in his 39-year career and retired No. 5 all-time in total wins
  • The first coach to take four different teams to the NCAA Tournament - Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Oklahoma State
  • Four-time national coach of the year
  • Oklahoma State honored him by naming their floor Eddie Sutton Court
Sutton, Eddie
Inducted 2009

Born: March 12, 1936 – Dodge City, Kansas

Graduated: Bucklin H.S., 1954; Oklahoma State University, 1958; M.S., Oklahoma State University, 1959

Overview

A native of Bucklin, Kansas, Eddie E. Sutton learned the game of basketball from one of the best – the legendary Hank Iba at Oklahoma A&M – and went on to become one of NCAA basketball’s most accomplished and successful coaches.

Coaching Career at OSU

Sutton won a total of 804 games in his 39-year career and retired No. 5 all-time in total wins. Sutton was the first coach to take four different teams to the NCAA Tournament - Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Oklahoma State. His teams played in 26 NCAA tournaments and reached the Final Four three different times – once with Arkansas (1978) and twice with Oklahoma State (1995, 2004). At Oklahoma State, his teams won nine regular-season conference titles and Sutton won his 800th game on Feb. 2, 2008.

Coaching beyond OSU

He began his coaching career as an assistant coach under Hank Iba at Oklahoma State in 1958 and also coached at Tulsa Central High School before founding the basketball program at College of Southern Idaho, where the program became a national contender at the junior college level. Sutton’s coaching stops at Creighton (1969-74), Arkansas (1975-85), Kentucky (1985-89), Oklahoma State (1990-2006) and San Francisco (2007-08) produced a record of 804-327.

Playing Career

Sutton played basketball at Oklahoma A&M from 1956-58 and helped lead the Cowboys in the NCAA Tournament as a senior.

Honors & Achievements

Sutton was a four-time national coach of the year and Oklahoma State honored him by naming their floor Eddie Sutton Court in 2005.  He was inducted to the Oklahoma State Hall of Honor in 1997.

 

Click here to see Eddie's Kansas Sports Hall of Fame induction speech-Part 1

Click here to see Eddie's Kansas Sports Hall of Fame induction speech-Part 2