John Sutherland Joins Women's Basketball Coaching Staff

John Sutherland Joins Women's Basketball Coaching Staff


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Women's Basketball Coach Royce Chadwick announced today that John Sutherland has accepted a position as an assistant coach with the Thundering Herd.

"The experience that John will bring to our program is immeasurable," said Chadwick. "He has family in the Tri-state area and his connections here run deep. He is a great coach, a great recruiter, and a fantastic person. We are truly fortunate to have him."

Sutherland, 40, owns a wealth of coaching experience. The Cleveland, Ohio native, spent the last five seasons as the head coach at New Mexico State University, served as head coach at the University of Arkansas for nine seasons, and spent three years as an assistant at Notre Dame prior to taking over at New Mexico State.

"Nobody is more excited about their job than me," said Sutherland. "Not only do I have an opportunity to build a program with some proven winners like Royce and Roxanne, but I get to go home too. Marshall University has made a commitment to women's basketball and I look forward to helping Marshall gain national recognition in the sport."

In five seasons at the helm of the Aggie program, Sutherland compiled a 45-88 record and led NMSU to two post-season tournament appearances. This past season he surpassed the 200 career win mark.

During his three seasons as an assistant at Notre Dame, Sutherland served as recruiting coordinator, while assisting with day-to-day office operations, scouting, and on-floor coaching duties. Notre Dame compiled a 66-25 record during his time in South Bend, including a 28-6 mark in the 1995-96 season, while advancing to the second round of the NCAA Midwest Regional.

While at Arkansas, Sutherland guided the Razorbacks to a 174-88 record over his nine seasons, including five post-season appearances - he remains the winningest coach in that program's history. He led Arkansas to two SWC Championships, was named the Southwest Conference Coach of the Year three times, and was honored as the Women's Basketball Coaches Association of America's District VI Coach of the Year in 1991.

Sutherland is a 1981 graduate of Kent State University and served as a volunteer assistant with the Golden Flashes between 1981 and 1984. Kent State won more than 60 games during that period, capturing the 1981 Mid-American Conference Championship.

Sutherland is married to the former Suzanne Wikman. The couple has two sons - Josh (13) and Sean (6).