Chico State women's soccer coach hits milestone

Sep 24, 2015 7:56 PM by Ross Field

A Chico State soccer coach netted a milestone that's certain to pad her hall of fame career. Action News Now's Ross Field brings you her story.

Kim Sutton has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to coaching soccer, and it's a passion that's as strong now as it was in 1990.

"A lot of years I guess, you start to think about all the games, all the wins, all the loses, and all the fun that we've had and I know what's more important now, it's about the kids," said Sutton.

"She is beyond committed, she talks about soccer like she just loves it so much, " said Nicole Roberts, Wildcats midfielder.

That commitment is reflected in the win column.

This past weekend Sutton secured her 200th career NCAA Division-II victory as the Wildcats defeated Dominican 1-0.

She became just the 20th active Division-II women's soccer head coach and 34th all-time to hit the milestone.

"I just think it's a huge accomplishment, coaches can only dream of it and she's one of the few that have done and we're lucky enough to have her here in our program so it's amazing," said Cassi Scroggins, defender.

Sutton began her coaching career with Santa Rosa Junior College, guiding the Bear Cubs from 1990-1994.

She then moved on to Humboldt State where she spent six years spearheading the Lumberjacks.

After the 2000 season, Sutton signed on with Chico State. While more than a dozen years have passed since she arrived in Chico, the program's only grown stronger.

Sutton has led the Wildcats to six CCAA North Division crowns, one conference title, and five NCAA Tournament appearances in the past eleven seasons including a trip to the Final Four in 2011.

"Chico's such a great place, you take a job because you feel like you can be successful there, but there's still more to be had we haven't won a national title yet so that's still on the table and we'd love to get there," said Sutton.

Kim Sutton has dedicated her life to coaching soccer and she wouldn't have changed anything along the way. 200 career Division-II wins is certainly something to write home about, but don't be surprised if she adds one hundred more.

"I hope to see 300, if I'm fortunate enough to be successful but it's not on my mind," said Sutton.

"She just continues to want to coach every day and I think she'll be here for awhile," said Roberts.


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