Basketball Hall of Fame Coach Eddie Sutton died May 23, 2020 as a result of natural causes in his Tulsa home at the age of 84. He was surrounded by family at the time of his death.
Sutton was the first basketball coach to take teams from four different schools to the NCAA tournament – three of them went all the way to the final four – Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Kentucky, and Creighton. In all, he made 25 trips to the annual NCAA Basketball tournament. Sutton’s credits also include a two time Associated Press Coach of the Year recipient.
During his 37 year career as a Division I head basketball coach, Sutton had a record of 806 wins and 328 losses.
It took six nomination attempts before Sutton was finally selected for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in April.
A native of Bucklin, Kansas; Sutton played basketball at Oklahoma State before beginning his coaching career as an assistant in 1958 at his alma mater.
His first head coaching job came in 1969 at Creighton.
Coaching positions at Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma State, and San Francisco as an interim coach; ending with his retirement in 2008.
Predeceased by his wife Patsy, Sutton’s survivors include his sons and their families.
Feature photo credit: By Creighton University – 1971 Bluejay yearbook, p. 213, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=90640317