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Kim Sutton


Head Women's Coach, Chico State (Calif.)

NSCAA Academy Staff member

Sutton has established herself as one of the top coaches in the nation  in a coaching career that has spanned three decades. She has shown her commitment to bettering the game through coaching education through her work with the NSCAA. In addition to her work as an Academy Staff member, she is a member of several NSCAA committees, including the NSCAA Technical Committee, NSCAA Convention Education Committee, and the NSCAA All-Region/All-American Committee (Regional Chair). She was named the Mike Berticelli Excellence in Coaching Education Award winner in 2013.

Follow Kim on Twitter: @ChicoWSoccer


How did you first get involved with the NSCAA?

I took an NSCAA course.

What is your favorite NSCAA course to teach and why?

I enjoy teaching all the courses because of the connection with the candidates. But, I enjoy teaching the Advanced National course the best. I feel the topics are the most useful in terms of everyday training .

What was your favorite NSCAA course to take and why?

The Advanced National. As to why, it's the same reason as why I like to teach this course. The content is the most useful in terms of training environment for a team.

What is your favorite part about working as an NSCAA Academy Staff coach?

Connecting with candidate coaches and my colleagues at the NSCAA.

Why is it important for a coach to advance their education?

We all need to renew ourselves and we all have the need for new information.

Why is it important for a coach to get involved with the NSCAA?

To give back to the game

In your opinion, what are 3-5 key characteristics of a “good coach?”

Passionate, caring, work ethic, open mind, and balance

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your younger coach self?

Take a job because it is where you want to be and whom you want to work with/for. The environment of the school and athletic department need to fit your style.