Legendary Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton, who served as the Men’s Basketball head coach from 1990-2006, has been informed that he will be part of the 2020 Naismith Hall of Fame class after being named a finalist for the seventh time.
This was first reported by the Tulsa World’s Bill Haisten and Frank Bonner.
The official announcement for the Hall of Fame is scheduled for Saturday, April 4 on ESPN at 11 a.m.
Other finalists included in this class will be Baylor’s Kim Mulkey, Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), Barbara Stevens (Bentley University), Rudy Tomjanovich (Houston Rockets), Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, and the late Kobe Bryant.
Sutton, 84, left his mark on Oklahoma State restoring honor to the basketball program and enhancing the tradition of Gallagher-Iba Arena upon his hiring in 1990.
As a former player under iconic OSU coach Henry Iba (1954-58), Sutton was well aware of the Cowboy tradition and led the Cowboys to the Sweet Sixteen his first two seasons serving as head coach. This ended the Cowboys’ eight-year NCAA Tournament drought.
Coach Sutton paved the way for the Cowboys to regain power rankings in 1995 as the Pokes captured a share of the Big Eight Championship and were awarded a bid to the Final Four in Seattle led by Bryant Reeves, better known as Big Country, and Randy Rutherford.
The list goes on and on for Coach Sutton’s accomplishments during his 37 years as a coach, but a few big ones to note are as followed:
- 806 career wins as a head coach
- 13 NCAA Tournament berths during his 16-year tenure at Oklahoma State
- Four-time National Coach of the Year
- Three Final Four appearances (1995, 2004 – Oklahoma State) (1978 – Arkansas)
- Seven total recognitions as a Finalist for the Naismith Hall of Fame
To honor the legendary coach, Oklahoma State University officially renamed the basketball court inside Gallagher-Iba Arena the Eddie Sutton Court on Jan. 15, 2005. Sutton was later honored for his dedication to the university and the athletics program in a ceremony performed on the court, his court, on Feb. 21, 2007.
It’s about time. Congratulations to Coach Sutton and his family. Some of my fondest memories at Oklahoma State are associated with the basketball program and the spectacle GIA was on game days. I loved watching Eddie Coach! #GoPokes @NaismithHallOfFame https://t.co/2FeeveEAyI pic.twitter.com/KFEzNtqEVW
— Sam Mayes (@AllmericanMayes) April 3, 2020
Sutton had the honor of being inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in November 2011 along with Bob Knight, Ralph Sampson, Cazzie Russell, James Worthy, Chris Mullin, Eddie Einhorn, and Joe Vancisin, the longtime executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Eddie Sutton should have been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame years earlier -deservingly, I would add- when his body and mind were healthier. The wrong was finally righted but it’s a damn shame it didn’t happen until now.
— Jon Hamm (@JonMHamm) April 3, 2020
Sutton is the first coach to take four different schools to the NCAA Tournament, and though he finished his coaching career at the University of San Francisco in April 2008, his legacy lives on at Oklahoma State University as Cowboy fans and basketball fans everywhere rejoice in his bid to the 2020 Naismith Hall of Fame.
CONGRATS TO “MY COACH, THE COACH & A TRUE COWBOY”! – LONG LIVE THE LEGEND – LOOKS LIKE I DON’T HAVE TO HAVE THIS MADE! MY COACH FINALLY MADE IT!!! BOUT TIME , I LOVE YOU COACH!!! ncaa #EDDIEhof #eddiesutton #gopokes… https://t.co/n2EArJqanw
— D.Mason (@dmasonart) April 3, 2020
It’s about damn time.
Congratulations, Coach Sutton!