Fox Sports is reporting that sources have told them that Mike Sutton is retiring as head coach of the Tennessee Tech. Associate Head Coach Steve Payne will take over the program.
Sutton was 134-114 in his 8 season heading the reigns of the Golden Eagles. He won the OVC Coach of the year in the 2004-05 season, leading TTU to a OVC regular season title.
Before heading to Tech, Sutton was an assistant coach under Tubby Smith at 5 schools, including the University of Kentucky. In his five years with the Wildcats, Kentucky won 3 SEC Titles and 3 Tournament Titles.
In April 2005, Sutton was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, forcing the coach to miss a large portion of 2006-07 season.
Payne took over head coaching duties during Sutton’s recovery in the 2006-07 season. That year, he was named by CollegeInsider.com as the Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year. He was also named the OVC Coach of the Year by CBSsportsline.com. Payne has been with Sutton in all 8 seasons at Tennessee Tech.
Sutton has always been a major source of inspiration for Tech, and it will be sad to see him go. There was never any doubt that Payne would take over the team when Sutton left. Don’t expect any fall out next season; Payne is a great coach and (clearly) knows this team.