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John  Sutherland
John Sutherland

Associate AD-Development&Executive Director-Big Green


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John Sutherland oversees all areas of athletic development for Marshall University's Big Green Scholarship Foundation. He replaced R.J. Gimbl who took an athletics development position at Penn State University in January 2008.

Sutherland, served as an assistant coach with the Marshall women's basketball program from 2001-08. In that role he spearheaded many successful fundraising and marketing projects including the establishment of the "Locker Room Club" which raises more than $100,000 annually for the women's basketball program at Marshall. Other initiatives Sutherland has directed include golf scrambles, fundraisers, tailgates and banquets that have funded summer school scholarships for student-athletes and other improvements. He also oversaw the development and managed a season ticket drive for women's basketball that has resulted in an increase in season ticket sales from three in 2000 to 776 in 2003.

Sutherland brings nearly 30 years of experience as a coach and fundraiser to the position. During his tenure as head women's basketball coach at New Mexico State (from 1996-2000) he expanded the women's basketball booster club and initiated NMSU's first-ever season ticket campaign for women's basketball. As an assistant coach at Notre Dame (1993-96) he helped establish the Notre Dame "Locker Room Club" and developed the Fighting Irish's first season ticket drive for the sport. During his nine years as head coach at the University of Arkansas (1984-93), Sutherland worked to develop fund-raising initiatives for the Lady Razorback program. He started his coaching career as a student-assistant at Kent State in 1978 and joined the Arkansas staff as an assistant coach in 1981.

Sutherland graduated with a B.S. in Education from Kent State in 1981 and earned a M.S. in Sports Management from Marshall in 2006. John and his wife Suzanne are the parents of three boys - Joshua, Sean and Isaac.