Sutton comes to Wake Forest from Old Dominion
season as the technical director for the Wake Forest field hockey team in 2016. Prior to the 2013 season, Sutton was most recently an assistant field hockey coach at Old Dominion, where he was the head recruiting coordinator. "With the vacant position, we wanted to hire someone who would complement our staff really well, and we feel that Rich does that," said Averill. "We feel that his international background, both as a coach and a player, have given him great experiences. He's already helped elevate two other programs in Kent State and Old Dominion. There is no question in our mind that we hired an incredibly talented young man to join our program." While at Old Dominion from 2010-2012, Sutton was able to help the Monarchs win three conference championships and reach the NCAA Final Four once. Prior to his stint at Old Dominion, Sutton was an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator at Kent State during the 2006-09 seasons. The Golden Flashes won two conference titles and reached the NCAA Tournament once during that time. Sutton also spent the 2005-06 seasons as an assistant coach at Virginia after serving as the associate head coach at his alma mater, the University of Birmingham, from 2001-05. Sutton played at Birmingham and graduated from the university with a degree in public policymaking and administration in 1998. After graduation, Sutton went on to play for Spandersbosch HC, Gooische HC and Bourneville HC.
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