First Year as Head Coach: 1997-1998
2018-19 Season: Coach Rich Sutter guided the Owls to a 16-11 overall record and a runner up finish in the MASCAC Tournament. Westfield fell at top-seed Salem State in the final, 66-57 in a hard-fought game where the two teams were seperated by one point with just over two minutes to play. The Owls' roster featured transfer Jauch Green, Jr., who put together one of the finest all-around seasons in Owls history, as he averaged 22.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game on the wa to being named first-team All-MASCAC. Senior forward Marcus Collins was a second-team All-Conference selection at 13.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.
2017-2018 Season: Sutter led the Owls to the MASCAC tournament quarterfinals in which they lost in a close one to Fitchburg State 67-63. Sutter coached Marcus Collins to First-Team All-Conference honors.
Career Highlights: Sutter is closing in on the 300 win mark for his career, entering the 2019-20 season with 296 career wins. The 2014-15 season marked the first time the Owls made an NCAA Tournament appearance under Sutter. The team won the MASCAC regular season title with an 11-1 mark in league play. The Owls hosted and won the conference tournament, and advanced to play eventual Final Four participant Babson in a closely contested first round NCAA game before finishing with a 20-7 overall record. The Owls senior-laden squad hit its best stride at midseason, winning 15 of 16 games after the semester break.
The 2012-2013 campaign was record-setting for the Owls as they set a school record for most victories in a season (23-6 record), captured their first outright MASCAC regular season championship, and placed second in the ECAC New England Division III postseason tournament.
The Owls posted an 18-10 record during the 2008-2009 campaign that also landed them a berth in the ECAC Tournament.
In 2006 they posted an 18-8 record and captured their first conference championship in 21 years.
In 2003 Sutter guided the Owls to a school record 13 straight victories and the No. 2 seed in the Mass. State Conference tournament. Sutter was selected the conference coach of the year in 2003 and 2006.
About Coach Sutter: A 1984 graduate of St. Bonaventure University, Sutter was a student assistant coach under Jim O’Brien. Sutter earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. He was a second team all-city and all-CSHSAA selection as a scholastic player at Sacred Heart in Yonkers.
In addition to his role as men’s basketball coach, Sutter has also served as the men’s golf coach since the program was reinstated in the fall of 2008, and recently completed a term as the president of the APA Union on campus.
Before Westfield: A New York City native, Sutter has a wide range of coaching experiences, including a six-year stint as an assistant coach at Colgate University from 1991-97. Colgate won three Patriot League championships and appeared in two NCAA Tournaments during that span, and Sutter recruited All-American and former NBA star Adonal Foyle.
Prior to coaching at Colgate, Sutter was an assistant coach at All Hallows High School in the Bronx, which produced standout Olden Polynice, and during the same two-year period worked as the physical education chairman at Holy Spirit High School. In 1998 he was the head coach at The Trinity School in New York City and guided the team to its first state tourney appearance.
In 1989 he served as an assistant for one season under Gary Brokaw at Iona College, and the previous year was at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, which made its first ever NCAA Division III Tournament appearance with a 25-2 record.
Sutter, assisted Jack Curran, one of the top high school mentors in the nation, at Archbishop Molloy, N.Y., High School from 1986-88. During that stretch Molloy's squad, which featured Kenny Anderson, won a city championship and was runner-up another year.
Prior to that position, he was head coach for two seasons at the Hackley School in Tarrytown, N.Y., where he produced back-to-back 15-win seasons, the first winning records at the school in nearly 20 years.