The move, which will go before the Oklahoma A&M Board of Regents for approval in June, will insure that Sean Sutton will follow his father, Eddie Sutton, as the next head coach of the Cowboys.
"I'm confident this is the right thing to do and the right time to do it," Birdwell said. "Sean has been a huge part of OSU's basketball success, and when his father decides it's time to retire, there is no one more qualified or more ready to lead this program. I've been extremely impressed, not only with his knowledge of the game, but in his ability to recruit and relate to the student-athlete."
Sutton began his collegiate coaching career at the University of Mississippi under former OSU assistant Rob Evans. Following the 1992-93 season with the Rebels, Sutton returned to his alma mater as an assistant.
Sutton just completed his 11th year at Oklahoma State, including the last four seasons as the associate head coach. During his stint with the Cowboys, OSU has accumulated a 253-103 record, good for a 71.1 winning percentage. In that span, Oklahoma State has made nine NCAA Tournament appearances, advancing to the the Elite Eight in 2000 and the Final Four in 1995 and 2004.
Sutton has coached many all-conference players, including Bryant Reeves, Brooks Thompson, Randy Rutherford, Desmond Mason, Tony Allen, Ivan McFarlin, John Lucas and Joey Graham. Reeves, Thompson and Mason all went on to successful careers in the National Basketball Association.
Sean Sutton Named Head Coach Designate
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