If anyone knows Eddie Sutton's system, it has to be his middle son, Sean. Growing up with the legendary head coach, playing for his father, and then spending one season at Mississippi in a different setting has helped Sean Sutton become a key figure on the OSU sidelines the past nine seasons andsince 2000, he has carried the title of associate head coach.
From the time he was old enough to walk, Sutton has been around basketball, constantly learning about the game. He took that knowledge and combined it with his talent to become a successful college basketball player at Oklahoma State. The determination and work ethic he used to become a success on the floor have carried over into his coaching duties.
The personable Sutton, entering his 10th year on the OSU staff, spent the 1993 season as an assistant coach on Rob Evans' staff at Mississippi.
Sutton started his collegiate playing career at Kentucky, where he was a two-year letterman in 1988 and 1989. After sitting out the 1990 season, he transferred to Oklahoma State, and as a two-year starter, he helped the team to back-to-back NCAA Sweet 16 appearances in 1991 and 1992.
He earned honorable mention All-Big Eight accolades as both a junior and a senior and made the All-District V team in 1992. Despite playing just two seasons at OSU, Sutton etched his name in the Cowboy record book several times. He is ranked 12th on the career assists list with 291 and first in career three-point percentage at 44.5 percent.
On the season listings, Sutton's 167 assists in 1992 rank seventh, while his 124 assists in 1991 are listed 19th. He averaged 10.2 points as a junior in 1990-91 and 11.7 points, second on the team behind only Byron Houston, as a senior.
Sutton is the only player in OSU history to record at least 20 points and 10 assists in the same game; he tallied 21 points and 11 assists against Centenary on Dec. 5, 1990.
The 34-year-old was born Oct. 4, 1968, in Twin Falls, Idaho. He graduated from Oklahoma State in 1992 with a degree in social studies. He and his wife, the former Trena Winters, have two sons, Hunter (10) and Spencer (5).