Rich Sutton Hired as Field Hockey Technical Director
Rich Sutton

Feb. 6, 2013

By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeHockey)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest has hired Rich Sutton as the technical director for the field hockey program, as announced by Demon Deacon head coach Jennifer Averill on Wednesday afternoon.

As technical director, Sutton will assist in organization and execution of daily practices and individual training sessions, analyze conference competition and assume responsibility for the defensive unit and outletting schemes.

"I am extremely excited for the opportunity to join the Wake Forest program and work with Jen and (associate head coach) Christy (Morgan)," said Sutton. "For me, this is the perfect combination of academics and athletics, and I look forward to add to the next chapter of Demon Deacon field hockey."

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.

"In order to be successful at this level, most programs are in need of an international influence so the student-athletes can learn cutting edge skills and tactics that are being executed on the international level," said Averill. "Rich follows all of these trends, and his personal experience in England and Holland has enabled him to understand those skills that he then teaches."

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