With a championship pedigree and a commitment to impact the lives of student-athletes, Reed Sutton is the father of the Faulkner women's basketball program. He led the Lady Eagles to a 20-10 finish in their inaugural season and will look to improve on that mark as he enters his second year of competition.
Sutton, 38, spent the last 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 says the opportunity to coach at the next level in a Christian environment was too much to pass up.
"It is a tremendous honor and blessing for my family to be chosen to lead this program from its infancy," he said. "We look forward to recruiting student-athletes that the campus community can take great pride in and that 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 should also be 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 plan on recruiting 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. "I'm very excited about helping build 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 18 years, have four children - Marisa (14), Kylie (13), Braden (5) and Katlelyn (4).
Kat Kundmueller enters here second season as Reed Sutton's first assistant. Her wealth of collegiate playing experience has been a major asset to the young program.
Kundmueller, a 2010 graduate of Abilene Christian University, is the career assist leader for the NCAA Division II Wildcats, and was second in the nation in assists per game both her junior and senior seasons. She helped guide ACU to the NCAA Regionals the past two seasons.
The talented point guard excelled off the court as well, earning a bachelor's degree in psychology with a 3.89 grade-point average. She was a two-time selection to the Lone Star Conference all-academic team.
When searching the country for his assistant, Sutton knew he'd found the right fit in Kundmueller.
"She stood out because she is committed to Christian education and the effort to utilize basketball to mentor and minister to the ladies in our program," he said. "She was a tremendous point guard in college, and they have a tendency to make great coaches. We're excited that Kat decided to jumpstart her career at Faulkner."
Like Sutton, Kundmueller believes her experience as a point guard will translate to coaching success.
"I feel like I've been a coach on the floor since I started playing basketball 17 years ago," she said. "I've always enjoyed the strategic part of the game and the opportunity to motivate my teammates. I'm now looking forward to carrying that over into coaching."
Sarah Hughes is entering her second season as an assistant coach for the varsity program and her first year as the head coach of the newly organized junior varsity team.
Hughes, a Montgomery native, played high school basketball for four years at Evangel Family Christian. She averaged a double-double in points and rebounds her senior year and was voted the team's MVP. Her jersey was retired after her final season.
She played on year of soccer at Faulkner and graduated with a degree in English in 2010. Hughes is currently pursuing her Master's in Education.
She is the daughter of Mike and Karen Hughes.