Iconic basketball coach Eddie Sutton passes away at 84

Iconic basketball coach Eddie Sutton passes away at 84

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Legendary college basketball coach Eddie Sutton passed away Saturday from natural causes in South Tulsa, Oklahoma, at age 84.

In a tweet, Oklahoma State President Burns Hargis noted that Sutton “revived our historic basketball program and will always be revered and loved by the #CowboyFamily.”

Sutton coached basketball for 50 years at six different colleges, and he won over 800 basketball games as a head coach. He is mostly known for his tenure at Oklahoma State University from 1990 to 2006 where he compiled a 368-151 record.

He is a four-time National Coach of the Year (1977, 1978, 1986 and 1995), eight-time Conference Coach of the Year (1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1986, 1993, 1998 and 2004) and the first coach in NCAA history to lead four different schools in NCAA tournaments.

Sutton has coached at Oklahoma State, South Idaho, Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky and San Francisco. For his career, Sutton was 804-328. He is one of 26 men’s basketball coaches to win at least 800 games.

He ranks in the top ten among Division I coaches in all-time victories, and he recorded only one losing season in 37 years of coaching.

Sutton’s passing comes less than two month after he was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame April 3.  He will be inducted in August along with the late basketball legend Kobe Bryant.