June 8, 2011



Providence, RI-Rhode Island College has named Ron Sutherland as its head womenís swimming coach. He also serves as RICís coordinator of aquatics. The Anchorwomen will kick off their inaugural season of competition during the winter 2011-12 season.


ďIím extremely excited to get our Anchorwomen swim team off the blocks," Sutherland said. ďThis is a great opportunity for many student-athletes to continue their competitive swimming career. I look forward to the opportunity to establish another successful program in the Rhode Island College athletic tradition.Ē




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 six grandchildren.