Michael Sutton
Michael Sutton
Nickname: Mike
Title: Director of Athletics & Physical Education - William B. Arce Professor & George R. Roberts Fellow
Phone: 909-607-3562
Email: michael.sutton@cms.claremont.edu
College: Claremont McKenna
Office Location: Mod C-7

Michael Sutton ’76 served 15 seasons as Director of Athletics and Physical Education at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps after a 21 year coaching career in the department. On July 1, 2016, Sutton moved to his new role of Director of Advancement for Athletics at CMC. During his tenure as director of athletics, Sutton has overseen a department that has grown to 21 sports -10 men’s, 11 women’s- at the NCAA Division III level in addition to 13 club sports, an intramurals program and physical education department. Sutton has overseen the addition of women’s lacrosse and women’s golf to the varsity level. Approximately one in six students at Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College and Scripps College participate in intercollegiate athletics at CMS.

Sutton was the fourth individual to hold the title of director of athletics at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Over his tenure, CMS teams have won over 100 SCIAC titles in 17 of the 21 sports, a SCIAC-best 17 tournament titles and captured 11 overall SCIAC All-Sports trophies. The success of CMS Athletics across the board has seen the program earn six top-25 finishes under Sutton in the NCAA Division III Director’s Cup standings, including a program-best tie for 10th place finish in 2015-16. CMS won two NCAA Division III team national championships (men’s tennis – 2015 and men’s golf – 2016) under Sutton’s guidance.

Prior to becoming director of athletics at CMS, Sutton coached for 21 years. He spent 21 seasons as the Stags’ swimming coach (1979-2000) and 19 seasons as the men’s water polo coach and won a combined 33 SCIAC titles.  As head swimming coach, Sutton coached the Stags to a 143-52 overall record, 101-4 in SCIAC meets. A total of 22 individual swimmers were crowned as NCAA national champions under his leadership. In addition, his teams had six second place finishes at the NCAA level. In 1983, Sutton was chosen as the NCAA Division III Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year. He also coached the women’s swim team for a season (1999-2000). In his 19 years (1979-1997) as water polo coach, Sutton’s teams won 15 SCIAC titles and three Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) titles as he posted a 384-206-1 overall record, 178-12 in SCIAC matches.

Sutton is a former member of the NCAA Swimming & Diving Rules Committee and the NCAA Water Polo Committee and was the team leader of the 1992 United States Olympic Water Polo Team. He is a 1976 graduate of Claremont McKenna College.