Reed Sutton, the father of the Faulkner women's basketball program, heads into his fourth season leading the Lady Eagles, having guided the 2012-2013 team to the championship of the Southern States Athletic Conference's West Division and a berth in the Sweet 16 in its first-ever trip to the NAIA national tournament. Last year's team finished No. 18 in the final NAIA poll and the 26-7 record pushed Sutton's three-year mark to 66-27, with each of his teams having won at least 20 games.
Sutton was selected by his peers as the 2013 SSAC coach of the year, and was also named the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's regional coach of the year. In addition, he was a finalist for numerous national coaching honors following last season.
Prior to coming to Faulkner, Sutton spent nine years at high school powerhouse Westbury Christian in Houston and the last three as the school's girls head coach. He guided Westbury Christian to Texas state championships the past two seasons, with his Wildcats reaching a ranking as high as No. 9 in the country by USA Today.
Sutton said the opportunity to coach at the next level in a Christian environment was too much to pass up.
"It was a tremendous honor and blessing for my family to be chosen to lead this program from its infancy," he said. "We will continue to recruit student-athletes the campus community can take great pride in and the young female athletes in the River Region can look up to."
Sutton was 94-13 in his three seasons at Westbury, including a 76-9 mark over the two-year title run. He also served Westbury as an assistant principal, and his keen administrative skills have also been a great asset in the development of the Faulkner program.
Prior to his stint at Westbury Christian, Sutton gained valuable recruiting experience at the collegiate level. He spent three seasons as the assistant women's coach at Grand Valley State University and one season in the same position at Michigan Christian College. Sutton also spent one season as the assistant men's coach at Lincoln Memorial University.
"We recruit young ladies who will compete hard every time they hit the floor and the classroom, and who will strive to be servant leaders in the community," he said. "We're building this program from the ground up with a foundation that will lead to success both on the basketball floor and off of it."
Sutton earned a bachelor's degree in Movement Science from Grand Valley State and a master's degree in education from Houston Victoria. He and Darla, his wife of 20 years, have four children - Marisa (17), Kylie (15), Braden (7) and Katlelyn (6).
Kris Seigenthaler joins head coach Reed Sutton's staff for the 2013-2014 season as the Lady Eagles' top assistant. Seigenthaler comes to Faulkner after spending two seasons at Shorter University, where she helped the Hawks earn their first NAIA Sweet 16 national tournament appearance (2011-2012), and transition into NCAA Division II competition (2012-2013).
At Faulkner, Seigenthaler will assist with on-the-floor coaching, and recruiting, as well as monitoring academic progress of the student-athletes. With a heart for community outreach, having volunteered many hours with Habitat for Humanity and disaster relief efforts, she will also play a key role in Faulkner's Champions of Character efforts.
Seigenthaler played collegiately at the University of Montevallo, where she served as team captain her senior season in 2010-2011. She joined a prestigious group of college students in 2011 in participating in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's "So You Want to be a Coach" program.
"I'm excited for the opportunity to assist coach Sutton with the Faulkner women's program," she said. "It's great to be a part of the Faulkner basketball family."
Seigenthaler, a native of Murfreesboro, Tenn., earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Montevallo and a master's degree in leadership from Shorter.
Courtney Ward, one of the most celebrated players in Florida State University history, joins the 2013-2014 Faulkner women's basketball staff as a graduate assistant coach.
The Montgomery native, who led Jeff Davis High School to the 2006 6A state championship in earning all-state honors, set numerous single season and career marks for the Seminoles during her collegiate career, including most wins (98), 3-pointers in a season (78), 3-pointers in a career (208), season assists (170) and career assists.
Ward finished her career with 1,199 points, becoming just he 24th player in FSU history to break the 1,000-point mark. She also played a key role in leading the Seminoles to back-to-back Atlantic Coast Conference regular season championships and the program's first-ever Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA tournament.
Having earned a bachelor's degree in criminology from FSU in 2011, Ward is currently pursuing a master's degree in education.
After spending last season as a volunteer assistant on head coach Reed Sutton's staff, Greg Barnes is set to begin his first season as the head coach of the Faulkner women's junior varsity program.
Barnes has extensive experience at the high school level, having been named "The Montgomery Advertiser's" 1A-4A coach of the year after the 2011-2012 season, having led Brewbaker Tech to the area championship. He has also caoched at Oxford High School (Oxford, Ala.), LaFayette High School (LaFayette, Ala.), Troup County High School (LaGrange, Ga.), Kendrick High School (Columbus, Ga.), and Jess Lanier High School (Bessemer, Ala.).