Warren Sutton begins his third season as the assistant coach with the LMU men's and women's cross country teams. Sutton was a four-year letterwinner for the Lions, earning his bachelor's degree in 2003.
As a sophomore at LMU, Sutton walked-on to the team even though he had no prior running experience. Sutton became a consistent varsity runner and eventually lowered his 8,000-meter cross country time by almost eight minutes. He was on track to graduate in the spring of 2002 with a degree in chemistry, but opted instead to complete his final year of eligibility.
After completing his college eligibility, Sutton began a successful stint as a professional triathlete. In his first year of training, Sutton qualified for the 2003 Ironman World Championships: a grueling endurance race in Hawaii, consisting of a 2.4 mile ocean swim, a 112 mile bike, and ending with a 26.2 mile run in intense heat, humidity and wind. He finished in a time of 10:23 and was the fifth American finisher under 25. In 2004, he had several top performances including the California Half Ironman and Wildflower Long Course where he beat a third of the pro field.
Sutton recently began a new career as a firefighter with the city of Los Angeles. He was inspired by his grandfather, who enjoyed a long career with the Los Angeles City Fire Department and eventually earned the medal of valor.
Sutton's desire to continue his involvement in coaching has kept him at LMU part-time, where he is anxious to be a contributor to the cross country program.