Legendary basketball coach Eddie Sutton died in Tulsa Saturday night. According to a statement from the Sutton family, he was surrounded by his three sons and their families when he passed away peacefully of natural causes.
The former longtime OSU head basketball coach was 84 years old. His death comes less than two months after he was elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on April 4.
“Oklahoma State University is deeply saddened by the passing of Coach Eddie Sutton,” said Oklahoma State President Burns Hargis. “A Hall of Fame Coach with more than 800 wins, he revived our historic basketball program and will always be revered and loved by the Cowboy family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Sutton family.”
Sutton was a four-time national coach of the year and eight-time conference coach of the year. He had an 806-326 record in parts of 37 seasons at Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma State, and San Francisco.
Born in Bucklin, Kansas on March 12, 1936, Sutton was a standout at Bucklin High School before attending Oklahoma A&M, where he played for the legendary Mr. Iba from 1956-58. Sutton averaged 8.1 points in 1957 and helped take down star center Wilt Chamberlain and No. 2 Kansas, 56-54. As a senior in 1958, Sutton poured in 8.3 points on 47.4 percent shooting and helped OSU win 21 games and advance to the NCAA Tournament.
Sutton earned his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State in 1958 and a master’s degree from OSU in 1959.
Sutton was preceded in death by Patsy, his wife of more than half a century. He is survived by sons Stephen, Sean, and Scott. Sean and Scott followed in Eddie’s coaching shoes. Sean is a current Texas Tech assistant and former OSU head coach. Scott is a current OSU assistant and former Oral Roberts head coach.
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