Office Location:
RIC Recreation Center
Office Phone: (401) 456-8238
Office Fax: (401) 456-8514
Office E-mail: rsutherland@ric.edu

Ron Sutherland begins his sixth season as Rhode Island Collegeís head womenís swimming coach. He also serves as RICís coordinator of aquatics.


 In 2015-16, he guided the Anchorwomen to a sixth place finish with a score 92.0 at the Little East Conference Championships. The team finished 15th with a score of 172.0 at the 2016 New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championship.


 In 2014-15, he guided RIC to a sixth place finish with a score of 89.0 at the 2014 Little East Conference Championships. The team finished 16th with a score of 105.0 at the NEISDA Championship.


In the 2013-14 season, the Anchorwomen finished eighth at the Little East Championships and 17th at the NEISDA Championships. RIC broke five program records on the season.


After kicking off their inaugural season of competition during the winter 2011-12 season, the Anchorwomen finished the 2012-13 campaign with a 3-5 record overall and recorded their first-ever victory against the University of St. Joseph on Oct. 27. RIC earned a sixth place finish (eight teams) with a score of 100.0 at the 2012-13 Little East Conference Championships on Dec. 3 and finished 10th (21 teams) with a score of 390.0 at the 2013 New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships on Feb. 8-10.  




Sutherland has over 40 years of coaching experience at various levels. He was an aquatics specialist and the academic advisor for the physical education departmentís teacher preparation program at the University of Arizona from 1982-2003. While in Arizona, Sutherland coached USA Swimming club teams where he sent numerous competitors to both the U.S. and Mexican Olympic Trials and various other prestigious national tournaments.


Sutherland most recently served as an aquatics director and coach for the YMCA in Wareham, Massachusetts from 2003-07. Prior to his stints in Southeastern Massachusetts and Arizona, he started the aquatics program at the Community College of Rhode Island and served as its director from 1977-82. Sutherland oversaw various youth, adult and senior programs.


Sutherland began his swimming coaching career at Cranston High School East in 1969, first as an assistant, and then as the head coach, helping lead the Thunderbolts to a Rhode Island State Championship in 1973. He is a 1964 graduate of Cranston East where he played football, basketball and baseball.




Sutherland earned a bachelorís degree in health, physical education and recreation from the University of Rhode Island in 1968. He went on to attain a masterís degree in physical education from URI in 1983.


He resides in Fairhaven, Massachusetts with his wife Dale. They have four children: Cortney, Jennifer, Derek and Whitney as well as seven grandchildren.