19 Facts About Eddie Sutton


Edward Eugene Sutton was an American college basketball coach.


Eddie Sutton began coaching at the NCAA level in 1969 at Creighton University, followed by Arkansas from 1974 to 1985, Kentucky from 1985 to 1989, and Oklahoma State from 1990 to 2006.


From 1977 to 2005, Eddie Sutton's teams appeared in all but two NCAA Tournaments.


Eddie Sutton was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011 and Basketball Hall of Fame in 2020.


Eddie Sutton graduated from Oklahoma State with a bachelor's degree in 1958.


In 1974, Eddie Sutton became head coach at the University of Arkansas.


Eddie Sutton's success led Arkansas to expand its home basketball venue, Barnhill Arena, from 5,200 seats to 9,000.


Eddie Sutton coached a trio of basketball players, all from the state of Arkansas, known as "The Triplets": Ron Brewer, Marvin Delph, and Sidney Moncrief.


Eddie Sutton coached the Wildcats for four years, leading them to the Elite Eight of the 1986 NCAA tournament.


Eddie Sutton inherited a program that had fallen on hard times.


Eddie Sutton continued to coach Oklahoma State following the school's move from the Big Eight to Big 12 Conference in 1996.


On February 10,2006, Eddie Sutton was involved in a car accident in Stillwater.


Witnesses said that Eddie Sutton fell and hit his head at the Gallagher-Iba Arena parking lot, and The Oklahoman reported that campus police officers and athletic department physicians helped Eddie Sutton into his university-provided Dodge Durango.


Eddie Sutton eventually resigned as head coach May 19,2006, succeeded by Sean Eddie Sutton.


On December 26,2007, Eddie Sutton came out of retirement to replace Jessie Evans as head coach at the University of San Francisco on an interim basis.


Eddie Sutton was married to Patsy Wright from 1958 until her death in 2013.


Sean Eddie Sutton coached at Oklahoma State for 15 seasons, first as an assistant under his father from 1993 to 2006 then as head coach from 2006 to 2008, before serving as an assistant coach at Oral Roberts University from 2011 to 2017 and a special advisor to head coach Chris Beard at Texas Tech since 2017.


Scott Eddie Sutton played for Oklahoma State from 1992 to 1994, was head coach at Oral Roberts from 1999 to 2017, and has been an assistant coach at Oklahoma State since 2017.


On May 23,2020, Eddie Sutton died in Tulsa at age 84, after being in hospice care.