Kevin Sutton enters his first season with Rhode Island in 2018-19 after officially being named to David Cox's staff in July 2018.
Sutton comes to Rhode Island after spending the last two seasons at Pitt. He has 11 seasons of coaching at the collegiate level, including stops at Georgetown, George Washington, James Madison and Old Dominion. A coaching veteran with 33 years of experience, Sutton has spent three different stints coaching for USA Basketball. He was an assistant coach for two years at the Hoop Festival for the East, helping the Junior Developmental Team (U16) win gold at the FIBA Americas Tournament in Argentina. He also was the head coach for the Nike/USA Basketball Hoop Summit, which showcased the top 10 international players against the top 10 U.S. players.
During his time with Georgetown, Sutton helped the team to a 55-44 record with a pair of postseason appearances during his tenure with the Hoyas. In his second year with the program, Georgetown went 22-11 overall and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Sutton arrived at Georgetown following two seasons as an assistant coach under Mike Lonergan at George Washington. He also had a pair of two-year stints as an assistant coach at both James Madison and Old Dominion.
In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Sutton coached at five nationally-ranked high school programs – Flint Hill Prep (1988-90), Harker Prep (1990-92), St. John’s Prospect Hall (1992-98), Montrose Christian and Montverde Academy (2004-11) – amassing a 489-102 record and winning two national championships. In 1998, he was the associate head coach on the USA Today Super 25 National Championship team and in 2007, he was the head coach of the Montverde Academy Hoops.Com National Championship team.
At Montverde Academy, Sutton coached seven nationally ranked teams and compiled a 186-33 record, while turning out 55 Division I scholarship athletes and three All-America selections.
Sutton has built a reputation of being an outstanding teacher of the game of basketball, helping more than 130 student-athletes earn college scholarships at all levels. Some of the notable players that Sutton has helped develop include: Cory Alexander (Virginia), Soloman Alibi (Florida State), Arron Bain (Villanova), Jason Capel (North Carolina), Randolph Childress (Wake Forest), Cameron Dollar (UCLA), Kim English (Missouri), Dash Harris (Texas A&M), Patricio Garino (George Washington), Exree Hipp (Maryland), Nate James (Duke), Joseph Katuka (George Washington), George Lynch (North Carolina), Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (UCLA), Steve Moundou-Missi (Harvard), L.D. Williams (Wake Forest) and Serge Zwikker (North Carolina).
Sutton also has more than 20 years of coaching experience at every level of basketball camps and clinics, including the Nike Hoops Jamboree, Nike All-American Camp, Michael Jordan Flight School and the LeBron James Skills Academy, among others.
A 1988 graduate of James Madison, Sutton was a three-year letterwinner for the Dukes.
Sutton and his wife, Beth, have four children, Aaron, Kayleigh, Isaiah and Rileigh.