SUNY Canton Tabs Josh Suttles as Women’s Basketball Head Coach

Josh Suttles, a six-year head coach at the NCAA Division III and junior college level and former Division I assistant, has been named the next head coach of the SUNY Canton women’s basketball program.

Suttles comes to SUNY Canton with nine years of experience after serving as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at SUNY Cobleskill from 2003 to 2009 and three seasons as a Division I assistant.

“Josh comes to us with a great deal of proven success at SUNY Cobleskill and as a D-I assistant with Siena and Sacramento State,” Athletic Director Randy B. Sieminski said. “He is a proven winner at numerous levels of college coaching, and his teams have been successful both on the court and in the classroom.”

During his six years on the bench at Cobleskill the team compiled a record of 125-44 winning 74 percent of its contests, while compiling an average GPA of 3.0 over his six seasons. Suttles led the team at the junior college level before the institution transitioned to a full-time Division III program during his final season in the 2008-09 season. The Tigers went 19-8 that year and won the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) regular season title during their first season of D-III membership. His teams featured seven Academic All-Americans, one All-American, eight All-Region players and 15 All-Conference student-athletes.

“I am honored for the opportunity to be the next head women’s basketball coach at SUNY Canton,” Suttles said. “I want to thank Randy Sieminski and all members of the search committee for their hard work and belief in me. I believe SUNY Canton has all the necessary resources to build a championship women’s basketball program. I could tell from the moment I stepped on campus and met with the administration, support staff, and coaches that Canton was a special place with a family atmosphere. I look forward to sharing and integrating our program with the great people of Canton and surrounding communities.”

Following his time in Cobleskill, NY, he took on a pair of assistant coaching positions at the Division I level, first with Sacramento State University, and then with Siena College. Suttles spent two seasons with the Hornets as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator as the team went 15-15 overall in his first season including a 10-6 mark in the Big Sky Conference, the program’s best mark in conference play since joining the D-I ranks.

After his time in Sacramento, he spent one season as the Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Siena College, where he recruited and brought in a Top 20 nationally-ranked point guard transfer. During his time with the Saints he served as the post player coach and was also responsible for travel, film scout, player development, budget and practice breakdown among other duties.

Suttles has spent the last six years working in pharmaceutical sales and orthopedics. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Physical Education and Sports Administration as well as a Master’s degree in Sports Administration, all from the University of Southern Mississippi.

“Along with building a winning program our student-athletes will excel in the classroom as well as the community,” Suttles said. I am excited to get to work with recruiting and meet our returning student-athletes.”

Photo Courtesy SUNY Canton Athletics

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