Josh Suttles begins his first season in 2011-12 as an assistant coach with the Siena Women's Basketball program
"We welcome Josh to our program and are very excited to have him on our staff," said Castelli. "In addition to being a good person, Josh brings a tremendous amount of coaching and recruiting experience that will be invaluable to our program."
Suttles joins the Saints after serving for two seasons as the top assistant coach at Sacramento State from 2009-11. In his first season, he helped guide the Hornets to their best ever overall record and conference mark in the Division I era. As the program's recruiting coordinator, he was instrumental in bringing in the top recruiting class in program history last year.
Prior to his stint at Sacramento State, Suttles served as the head coach at nearby SUNY-Cobleskill from 2003-09, leading the program through a successful transition from the junior college to Division III ranks. He compiled a 125-44 (.740) overall record with the Tigers and was named the Mountain Valley Conference Coach of the Year in 2005.
Suttles inherited a program at SUNY-Cobleskill that had combined for nine wins in the previous two seasons and quickly turned them into a perennial contender. Under Suttles guidance, the Tigers amassed a program record 22 wins in his second season and set new program records for victories thereafter in both 2005-06 (24 wins) and 2007-08 (25 wins). SUNY-Cobleskill finished the 2005-06 season ranked seventh in the nation and was ranked fifth nationally in 2007-08.
In his final season with the Tigers - the program's first at the Division III level - Suttles led the team to a 19-8 record and the North Eastern Athletic Conference regular season title. As a result, SUNY-Cobleskill secured the No. 1 seed in the ECAC Tournament, marking the first time ever that a NEAC school had earned the top seed.
During his seven seasons at SUNY-Cobleskill, Suttles coached an All-American, seven Academic All-Americans, eight All-Region selection and 15 All-Conference honorees.
A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Suttles began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant with the men's basketball program at his alma mater during the 2001-02 season, working under Conference USA Coach of the Year James Green.
A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Suttles earned his Bachelors Degree in Coaching and Sports Administration from Southern Miss in 1997 and a Bachelors in Physical Education in 2000. He completed his Masters in Sports Administration in 2001.
Suttles is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, Women's Basketball Coaches Association and Basketball Coaches Association of New York.