Sutter Rejoins Baseball Program As Pitching Coach

Sutter, who starred for the Green Wave from 1996-99, will serve as the pitching coach and associate recruiting coordinator. The top assistant at UNLV in 2004, Sutter's hiring marks his third stint at Tulane

The Tulane University baseball program will welcome home one of its own as former All-American and 1999 Conference USA Player of the Year Chad Sutter was named assistant coach, head coach Rick Jones announced Tuesday.

Sutter, who starred for the Green Wave from 1996-99, will serve as the pitching coach and associate recruiting coordinator. The top assistant at UNLV in 2004, Sutter's hiring marks his third stint at Tulane.

Following his playing career, Sutter returned to the Tulane dugout as a graduate assistant in 2001 and served as the team's pitching coach in 2002 and 2003. He replaces 2004 pitching coach Sean Teague, who left the Green Wave program to pursue coaching opportunities closer to his wife's home town of Dalton, Ga.

"It's exciting to have one of our own return," Jones said. "Not only is Chad a former player, and one of the greatest players in Tulane University baseball history, but he is an outstanding coach with great familiarity with our current pitching staff. He should be able to reacquaint himself quickly and maximize the ability of some very talented arms."

Including his playing days, Sutter has spent seven seasons at Tulane. He was a three-time All-Conference USA honoree, the league's inaugural Freshman of the Year in 1996 and the first player to earn both Freshman and Player of the Year honors during their career. Sutter helped the Green Wave win three regular-season league championships and four C-USA Tournament titles, was a key contributor to six NCAA Regional berths – including a pair of No. 1 seeds – and a trip to the College World Series in 2001.

While with the Rebels in 2004, Sutter helped three hurlers earn All-Mountain West Conference honors, another claim MWC Tournament MVP recognition and had a pair of pitchers named MWC Pitcher of the Week a total of three times. In addition, he helped UNLV post a 2-to-1 strikeout- to-walk ratio with 460 punchouts and just 230 walks, and the staff set a school single-game record with 16 Ks on two occasions.

"I'm happy to be back," Sutter said. "Tulane really feels like home, and we've got a great team coming back. UNLV was a great experience and I want to thank Buddy Gouldsmith for giving me the opportunity to go out there and work with a really strong, up-and-coming program."

Prior to his venture out West, Sutter coached the pitchers at Tulane for two years. In 2003, Sutter guided the Green Wave's pitching staff to a 4.10 team ERA with six freshman tallying more than 30 innings. Two of those freshmen – J.R. Crowel and Brian Bogusevic – earned All-America honors, Crowel was tagged C-USA Freshman of the Year, and Billy Mohl joined the duo on the C-USA All-Freshman Team.

In 2002, his first year as the pitching coach, Sutter helped the staff tally the ninth-most strikeouts in school history (456), and saw both Nick Bourgeois and Joey Charron all-conference honors. In addition, both Bourgeois and Beau Richardson were drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies, marking the first time since 1994 that two Green Wave hurlers were selected in the MLB draft.

While 2002 was his first year as a pitching coach at any level, Sutter has a wealth of knowledge about the position after catching a trio of All-Americans as a player. He is also able to draw on the knowledge of his father, Bruce Sutter, who starred as a closer for 13 years in the major leagues in St. Louis, Atlanta and Chicago, where he won the 1979 Cy Young Award.

As a graduate assistant in 2001, Sutter coached the catchers, assisted with hitting and served as the team's on-field first base coach. He helped guide the team to its first postseason trip to Omaha and helped the Tulane offense to school records in wins (56), hits (844), runs scored (639), RBI (587) and stolen bases (146), while finishing second in batting average (.338) and second in doubles (149).

Offensive prowess is nothing new to Sutter, however. One of the most accomplished hitters in Tulane history, Sutter completed his career as the Green Wave's home run and RBI king with 75 and 280, respectively. Sutter also set the Tulane career mark for sacrifice flies (17), while finishing second in at-bats (920), total bases (583) and putouts (1,563), third in hits (315), fourth in runs scored (229) and sixth in slugging percentage (.634) and walks (156).

As a senior, he earned first-team All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball and College Baseball Insider while picking up second-team recognition from Baseball Weekly and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. He earned all-conference honors all four years as a collegiate athlete, earning first-team honors as a sophomore and senior, second-team honors as a junior and garnering honorable-mention recognition as a freshman.

As a rookie in 1996, Sutter earned Freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball. He still holds the league record for career home runs, RBI and total bases while ranking third all-time in hits and fourth in runs scored.

Following the 1999 season, Sutter was drafted in the 23rd round by the New York Yankees and went on to play one year with the organization's Staten Island affiliate.

A native of Kennesaw, Ga., Sutter completed his degree in social science from Tulane in August 2000. He will marry Kasey Sheffield in the fall of 2004.

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