Aaron Sutton begins his fourth season as head coach of the Yellowjackets in 2019-20, after five successful years in charge of the baseball program at Treasure Valley Community College (Oregon).
In three seasons in charge, Sutton owns a record of 89-67 (.571) and has gone 80-40 in conference games (.667).
Sutton was named the GNAC Coach of the Year in 2019, after piloting the Yellowjackets to their fourth regular-season title in the last five seasons. Sutton also led MSUB to its first-ever GNAC Championships title, and the program’s first-ever berth into the NCAA Division II West Region Championships.
The Yellowjackets tied the school record for wins in 2019, going 33-20 overall, and broke the GNAC record for conference wins as they went 30-20 in league play. MSUB also broke its own GNAC record for home runs in a year with 83, and broke the GNAC record for pitching strikeouts with 447. Under Sutton’s guidance, Daniel Cipriano became the second consensus All-American in program history, the second player in GNAC history to win the Triple Crown, and the second player in school history to win GNAC Player of the Year honors.
Sutton was named the GNAC co-Coach of the Year in 2018, after piloting the Yellowjackets to their third GNAC regular-season title in the last four seasons. MSUB’s 33 total wins and 29 conference victories were both program records, and overall the team broke more than 70 individual and team single-season school and conference records.
Among MSUB’s numerous records in 2018 were the GNAC records for runs per game (8.41), home runs (78), and slugging percentage (.536). Junior Kaleo Johnson became the first player in GNAC history to win the Triple Crown, and became the first-ever MSUB player to be a consensus All-American.
The Yellowjackets also had their deepest run at the conference tournament in 2018, advancing to the championship game. The team appeared in the NCAA Division II west region rankings for the first time in school history as well, checking in as highly as sixth as they just missed out on a berth in the regional championships.
During his first season, Sutton led the Yellowjackets to the GNAC Championships as the team tied for fourth place with a league record of 21-19. Overall, MSUB went 23-29 during the year. The ‘Jackets set the school record for home runs in a season with 45 in 2017, and junior Ryan Myers was an all-region selection under Sutton’s guidance.
MSUB was also the GNAC Academic team champion in baseball for the fourth year in-a-row in 2017.
Sutton, a three-time Northwest Athletic Conference East Region Coach of the Year, piloted the Chukars to conference titles in 2013 through 2015, and posted an overall record of 139-61 dating back to his first year in 2012.
Under Sutton’s leadership at TVCC, 90 percent of his sophomore student-athletes earned their associate’s degree and 50 total students continued on to four-year universities. Prior to his tenure as head coach, Sutton was the assistant coach at TVCC from 2008-2012, where he was in charge of recruiting and fundraising, and held other responsibilities within the team.
A former baseball player in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, Sutton earned his bachelor’s degree from Western Oregon University in 2008 after first attending TVCC as a student. Sutton was a two-year starting infielder and first-team all-GNAC selection at WOU, helping the Wolves to back-to-back conference titles in 2006-07. He went on to obtain a master’s degree in physical education and administration from Idaho State University in 2012.
Sutton coached former Yellowjacket catcher Trevor Nix for two seasons at TVCC, before Nix went on to earn first-team all-GNAC honors as a member of MSUB’s first conference title team in 2015. Nix is one of many TVCC players who have gone on to attain success in the GNAC after beginning their college careers in Sutton’s program.
Sutton is a native of Fruitland, Idaho, and resides in Billings with his wife Kristin and their son Decker.