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Courtesy: MEAC Media Relations
Release: 12/09/2016
Wyatt H. Sutton
Assistant Director of Compliance and Championships


Wyatt H. Sutton is in his second year with the MEAC as the Assistant Director of Compliance and Championships, having joined in August 2016. As Assistant Director, Sutton serves as the conference liaison to the MEAC member institutions, where he assists with eligibility and interpretations of NCAA and MEAC rules education and governance, as well as the coordination of MEAC championships. He also serves as the MEAC's Student Athlete Advisor Committee (SAAC) advisor.

Sutton comes to the MEAC after serving as the Athletic Academic Counselor and Compliance Coordinator at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Miss. In this post, he oversaw compliance and academic matters relating both NCAA and SWAC initial eligibility for new student-athletes and continuing eligibility for returning and transfer student-athletes, provided academic advisement for baseball and softball student-athletes, as well as maintained compliance website and produce the compliance electronic newsletter.

Sutton is no stranger to athletics; he was a graduate assistant in athletics compliance at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss. In this post, he processed waivers for initial-eligibility for new student-athletes and continuing eligibility for returning and transfer student-athletes, monitored progress-towards-degree completion, interpreted NCAA and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) by-laws, rules and regulations for all 18 intercollegiate athletic programs to coaches and staff, issued National Letters of Intent and financial aid agreements for prospective student-athlete as well as oversaw game day complimentary ticket admissions. In 2016, he participated in the NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar (ELS).

As a student-athlete, Sutton was a walk-on catcher on the Tigers' baseball team from 2010-15. His team won the 2012-13 and 2013-14 SWAC Tournament championships and the 2012-13 and 2013-14 teams earned bids to the NCAA Baseball Tournament. The 2013-14 team won in the first round of the NCAA Baseball Tournament against the No. 1 team in the country, the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns.

Sutton, a native of Jackson, Miss., a product of Jackson Public Schools (JPS) - Jim Hill High School, earned a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering (2014) and Master's degree in sports science management (2016), both from Jackson State University, Jackson, Miss. He is a member of National Association for Athletic Compliance (NAAC).

Sutton is the son of BoNita L. Harris, and currently resides in Norfolk, Va.