Scott Sutton

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Scott Sutton
Current position
TitleAssistant coach
TeamOklahoma State
ConferenceBig 12
Biographical details
Born (1970-06-03) June 3, 1970 (age 48)
Omaha, Nebraska
Playing career
1992–1994Oklahoma State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1995–1999Oral Roberts (asst.)
1999–2017Oral Roberts
2017–presentOklahoma State (asst.)
Head coaching record
Overall328–247 (.570)
Accomplishments and honors
Summit League Tournament championship (20062008)
Summit League regular season championship (2005–2008, 2012)
Summit League Coach of the Year (2002, 2008, 2012)
NABC District 12 Co-Coach of the Year (2005)
Clair Bee National Coach of the Year Finalist (2007)
Winningest coach in ORU school history

Scott Andrew Sutton (born June 3, 1970) is an American college basketball coach, currently an assistant coach at Oklahoma State. He was formerly the head coach at Oral Roberts, and is the all-time wins leader in school history[1] while leading ORU to three NCAA Tournament, two National Invitational Tournament and two Tournament postseason appearances in 14 seasons. The Golden Eagles had won 20 or more games in seven of the past 10 seasons.

Scott is the youngest son of college basketball coach Eddie Sutton. One of Scott's brothers is Sean Sutton, the former head coach of Oklahoma State, and currently an advisor to Chris Beard at Texas Tech.

Sutton is the second ORU coach since Ken Trickey (Dick Acres in 1984 was the other) to reach the NCAA tournament and only the fifth since Trickey to take ORU to postseason play. The others were Jerry Hale (NIT – 1975, 1977), Ken Hayes (NIT – 1982), Acres, and Bill Self (NIT – 1997), who coached Kansas to the 2008 NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (The Summit League) (1999–2012)
1999–00 Oral Roberts 13–17 8–8 6th
2000–01 Oral Roberts 10–19 5–11 T–7th
2001–02 Oral Roberts 17–14 10–4 T–2nd
2002–03 Oral Roberts 18–10 9–5 4th
2003–04 Oral Roberts 17–11 10–6 T–2nd
2004–05 Oral Roberts 25–8 13–3 1st NIT First Round
2005–06 Oral Roberts 21–12 13–3 T–1st NCAA First Round
2006–07 Oral Roberts 23–11 12–2 1st NCAA First Round
2007–08 Oral Roberts 24–9 16–2 1st NCAA First Round
2008–09 Oral Roberts 16–15 14–4 2nd
2009–10 Oral Roberts 20–13 13–5 3rd
2010–11 Oral Roberts 19–16 13–5 2nd CIT First Round
2011–12 Oral Roberts 27–7 17–1 1st NIT First Round
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (Southland Conference) (2012–2014)
2012–13 Oral Roberts 20–15 13–5 3rd CIT Quarterfinals
2013–14 Oral Roberts 17–16 10–8 5th
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (The Summit League) (2014–2017)
2014–15 Oral Roberts 19–15 10–6 3rd CBI Second Round
2015–16 Oral Roberts 14–17 6–10 7th
2016–17 Oral Roberts 8–22 4–12 9th
Oral Roberts: 328–247 (.570) 196–100 (.662)
Total: 328–247 (.570)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


Collegiate coaching history[edit]

Oral Roberts – Assistant Coach[edit]

Sutton's coaching career started when he was hired as an administrative assistant by former ORU head coach Bill Self prior to the 1995–96 season. Sutton served on Self's staff from 1995–1997 and Barry Hinson's staff from 1997–1999. In those four seasons, ORU posted a 75–39 (.658) record.

Oral Roberts – head coach[edit]

Scott was named the 11th head coach in school history on May 6, 1999.[3] In 14 seasons at ORU, Sutton is 270–177 (.604). Since the start of the 2001–02 season, Sutton has guided the Golden Eagles to a 247–141 (.637) mark. During that same span, ORU has finished either first or second in the conference standings nine times. Not only have the Golden Eagles averaged 19.3 wins annually in Sutton's 14 seasons, but over the last nine years that figure has grown to 21.7 victories per season. Sutton has guided ORU to seven 20-win seasons, five Summit League regular-season titles, three tournament championships, three NCAA Tournament appearances, two NIT trips and two visits to the CIT. During Sutton's tenure, ORU has defeated Arkansas, Georgetown, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma State, Saint Louis, Seton Hall, South Florida, Southern Cal, Stanford, Texas Tech, Utah, Wichita State and Xavier.

In 14 seasons at the reins, Sutton has produced two All-Americans (Caleb Green and Dominique Morrison), an NBA player (Larry Owens), five Freshman All-Americans, 27 all-conference selections, four conference players of the year, four conference newcomers of the year, three conference sixth man of the year picks, and two conference defensive players of the year.

Sutton has said he is comfortable and happy at ORU. Sutton told the Tulsa World in May 2012 that "it would take something very special. I'd never say never. However, I'm not out there chasing jobs. I'm not chasing the money."[4]

On April 10, 2017, Oral Roberts dismissed Sutton after finishing the season 9-22 and last in their conference, which was the worst in the 18 years he's coached at ORU.[5]

Oklahoma State – Assistant Coach[edit]

On October 22, 2017, Sutton returned to Oklahoma State as an assistant coach, replacing Lamont Evans, who was suspended and eventually fired due to the latter's involvement in the NCAA men's basketball corruption scandal.[6]

Honors and awards[edit]

Scott Sutton became the all-time wins leader at ORU with an 81–73 win over North Dakota State on February 5, 2011. The win gave Sutton 215 wins as the head coach of the Golden Eagles. ORU's previous leader was Ken Trickey, with 214 wins over 11 seasons (1969–74, 1987–93).[7]

Sutton has been crowned conference coach of the year three times in his career: 2002, 2008[8] and 2012[9]

In 2007, Sutton was one of four finalists for the Clair Bee Coach of the Year Award, presented annually by Chip Hilton Sports and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.[10] Sutton was a finalist along with Tony Bennett of Washington State, Bo Ryan of Wisconsin, and John Thompson III of Georgetown. Bennett was the eventual recipient of the award.

Sutton was tabbed by the National Association of Basketball Coaches as the District 12 Co-Coach of the Year in 2005.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Scott was born June 3, 1970, in Omaha, Nebraska. He later attended Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Kentucky.

Growing up as the youngest son of a legendary coach, Scott paid close attention to his father, and has borrowed a few notes from Dad as well. He also had the opportunity to play for his father at Oklahoma State from 1992–94, helping the Cowboys reach the NCAA Tournament both seasons.

Sutton and his wife, Kim, are the parents of three daughters.


  1. ^ Mike Brown, "With victory record, Sutton is leaving his mark on ORU basketball", Tulsa World, February 10, 2011.
  2. ^ "Men's Basketball Record Book" (PDF) (Press release). The Summit League. Retrieved 2008-03-12.
  3. ^ Bill Haisten, "It's my school", Tulsa World, May 7, 1999.
  4. ^ John Klein, "John Klein: Scott Sutton happy staying at ORU despite other interest", Tulsa World, May 27, 2012.
  5. ^ "Scott Sutton released as ORU basketball coach". KJRH. April 10, 2017. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  6. ^ Trotter, Jake (October 22, 2017). "Oklahoma State hires Scott Sutton as men's hoops assistant coach".
  7. ^ Mike Brown, "With victory record, Scott Sutton is leaving his mark on ORU basketball", Tulsa World, February 10, 2011.
  8. ^ ORU Media Relations, "Sutton Named Coach of the Year; Jarvis, Lewis, King, Ogunoye Also Honored",, March 6, 2008.
  9. ^ ORU Media Relations, "ORU Claims Three Top Awards From Summit League",, March 1, 2012.
  10. ^ ORU Media Relations, "Sutton Named Finalist for Clair Bee Coach of the Year Award",, March 30, 2007.
  11. ^ ORU Media Relations, "Sutton Named NABC District 12 Co-Coach of the Year ",, March 22, 2005.

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