John Sutyak '00 was named Wheaton College's director of athletics and recreation in April 2012 after serving as the department's interim director of athletics since June 2011.
Sutyak oversees a highly competitive department that includes 21 men's and women's intercollegiate programs, 14 club sports programs, intramural sports, and general student, staff and faculty recreation. He is the second director of athletics during the college's coeducational era, which began in 1988.
Hired in 2006 as the college’s assistant director of athletics, Sutyak also served as the associate director of athletics before assuming the interim athletic director post last year. As an interim director, he oversaw the renovation of the Tokarz Team Room into a varsity weight room, guided a committee that worked to secure a licensing agreement for the college’s logos and marks, hired seven full-time athletics staff members, and represented the department on the Vice President of Student Affairs leadership team. This past January, Wheaton received the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA)/Jostens Community Service Honorable Mention Award in the category of ‘On-Going Project’ at the NCAA Convention.
Instrumental in the implementation of the Lyons Athletic Club (LAC), which is designed to provide financial support for Wheaton’s intercollegiate athletics program, Sutyak is highly involved on campus. He served on the President’s Athletics Review Task Force during the 2010-11 academic year and currently serves on Wheaton’s Homecoming Committee, the President's Action Committee on Inclusive Excellence (PACIE), and the Yellow Wood Commission.
Outside of Wheaton, Sutyak serves on the NCAA Division III softball championship committee. He has served the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) as the playing & practice committee chair, as a member of the NEWMAC championships, officiating, and scheduling committees, and as the league's men's and women's track & field and women’s basketball liaison. Sutyak previously served on the NADIIIAA/Jostens Community Service Award Selection Committee.
Sutyak worked in a dual role as the school's assistant sports information director and an area coordinator during the 2002-03 academic year after earning his master's degree from Springfield College in 2002. Sutyak was an assistant baseball coach at Western New England University during the 2001 and 2002 seasons, where he played a part in the team’s first GNAC championship and first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2001. He also served in different capacities on Yale University's administrative team from 2003-06 as he assisted with varsity sports operations, athletic facilities supervision, and served as game operations coordinator for multiple sports.
A Scarborough, Maine, native, Sutyak is a 2000 Wheaton graduate and former four-year baseball player with the Lyons, where he was a member of the program's first two NEWMAC championship teams as well as its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2000. He also tied the NCAA record for home runs in one inning with two.