John Sutyak '00 was named Wheaton College's director of athletics and recreation in April 2012. He is the second director of athletics during the college's coeducational era, which began in 1988.
Hired in 2006 as Wheaton’s assistant director of athletics, Sutyak also served as the associate director before assuming the interim athletic director post in June of 2011. Since taking over as the director, Sutyak played a part in the development and construction of the $3.8 million Diane C. Nordin ’80 Athletic Field, the first artificial surface in Wheaton’s history, and he led Wheaton through its inaugural athletics Hall of Fame class. On the field, Wheaton teams have qualified for NCAA championship events 25 times, highlighted by baseball’s run to the national championship game in 2012, a fourth place finish by the women’s indoor track and field team in 2014, three additional top-10 finishes by the women’s track & field program and regional championships by baseball in 2017 and softball in 2015. Wheaton has won 15 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season and conference titles in his tenure.
Outside of Wheaton, Sutyak currently serves on the NEWMAC Executive Committee and completed a two-year tenure as NEWMAC President in June of 2017, giving him the distinction of being the first NEWMAC President that also competed as a NEWMAC student-athlete. In his time as President, Sutyak was a part of the leadership team that implemented football as the NEWMACs 20th sport, added The Catholic University of America as the NEWMAC’s eighth football playing member and played a role in the rebranding of the NEWMAC logo and marks. In addition to his work with the NEWMAC, Sutyak served the NCAA as the New England chair for the NCAA Division III softball championship committee from 2009-2012.
Sutyak worked in a dual role as Wheaton’s assistant sports information director and an area coordinator in the Residential Life Office during the 2002-03 academic year after earning his master's degree from Springfield College in 2002. He served as 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 athletics administrative team from 2003-06, assisting with varsity sports operations and athletic facilities supervision. Sutyak has worked for the National Football League (NFL) serving as a member of its Player Participation Crew during New England Patriots home games since 2005.
A Scarborough, Maine native, Sutyak was a two-sport athlete (baseball and basketball) at Scarborough High School and was a finalist for the Maine Mr. Baseball Award in 1996. A 2000 Wheaton graduate and four-year baseball player for the Lyons, he was a member of Wheaton’s first varsity baseball team in 1997, the program's first two NEWMAC championship teams in 1999 and 2000, and a part of its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2000. He also tied the NCAA record for home runs in one inning with two against the University of Southern Maine in 1998.