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Marty Sutherland is entering his third season as hitting coach and recruiting coordinator for the University of Iowa baseball program.
In two seasons in Iowa City, Sutherland has helped guide the Hawkeyes to 71 wins, an NCAA Regional appearance, and a Big Ten runner-up finish. Iowa has had three All-America, three all-region, and 11 All-Big Ten selections. Eight players have had their names called in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
On the recruiting trail, Sutherland has led the charge, helping Iowa become a major player on the national recruiting scene. The Hawkeyes' 2015 recruiting class was rated tops in the Big Ten Conference and the 40th-best class nationally. It boasted 11 top-500 prospects by Perfect Game.
Sutherland helped lead Iowa to one of the top seasons in program history in 2015. The Hawkeyes went 41-18 and earned an at-large berth into NCAA Regionals -- the first berth since 1990. The 41 wins were the second-most in program history. Iowa won two games at the Springfield Regional for its first NCAA Tournament win since 1972 and finished the season ranked 20th by Collegiate Baseball, 25th by Baseball America, and 28th by the NCBWA-- the program's first appearance in the final rankings in school history.
With Sutherland's assistance, Iowa was one of the top defensive teams in the country, ranking 11th overall and No. 2 in the Big Ten. Offensively, the Hawkeyes battled until the final pitch, as evident by their six walk-off wins and 18-9 record in games decided by two or fewer runs.
Sutherland coached junior Tyler Peyton to All-America honors as a utility player by D1Baseball.com and NCBWA, and he was a semifinalist for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award. Peyton hit a team-best .337 with 31 runs and 31 RBIs.
The Hawkeyes had a school-record six All-Big Ten selections in 2015, including three positional players. Five players had their names called in the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft, tying a program record for most draftees in a single season.
In his first season in Iowa City, Sutherland helped guide the Hawkeyes to a 9-1 start -- the program's best start since 1940 -- a Big Ten Tournament berth and conference tournament win. Iowa finished the year with a 30-23 record for just the third 30-win season since 1993.
Iowa's offense thrived under Sutherland, as the Hawkeyes led the Big Ten in four offensive categories (batting average, hits, runs and on-base percentage) and ranked second in four more (slugging percentage, RBIs, home runs and total bases). Iowa finished with 23 home runs -- a season after the team had two long balls in 49 contests.
Five Iowa student-athletes garnered All-Big Ten recognition, the most for the program since 2007, which included first-team All-Big Ten shortstop Jake Yacinich. He was the first Hawkeye to earn a first-team nod since 2009.
Sutherland, a former player and coach under UI head coach Rick Heller at Northern Iowa, was an assistant for the Panthers from 2003-09, helping lead the team to 154 victories over six seasons. He coached 12 All-Missouri Valley Conference selections and an MVC Newcomer and Player of the Year honoree.
Sutherland also served as an assistant coach at Wartburg College during the 2002-03 season. Most recently, Sutherland was an assistant coach at Cascade (Iowa) High School and a hitting/fielding instructor at Bases Loaded Academy in Dubuque, Iowa.
Sutherland was an infielder at Northern Iowa during the 2001 and 2002 seasons, helping the team to its first back-to-back 30 win seasons in program history. He also played at Kirkwood Community College from 1998-2000.
During his two seasons in Cedar Falls, Sutherland batted .318 with 25 doubles and 29 stolen bases. He also finished his career with 64 RBIs.
In 2001, Sutherland was a second team All-MVC and second team All-Midwest region honoree after UNI won a school-record 35 games and claimed the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title en route to the first NCAA Tournament berth in school history. Sutherland batted .349, and the Panthers finished 10th in the nation and led the MVC in hitting with a .333 batting average.
In 2002, UNI won 30 games and finished fourth in the Missouri Valley. The squad finished with a .327 batting average in conference games to lead the league.
The Cascade, Iowa, native earned his associate's degree from Kirkwood Community College in July, 2000, and his bachelor's degree from Northern Iowa in Dec., 2002.