Former Albany High
School boys’ varsity basketball coach
educator for 38 years and a revered basketball coach for 23, Nate Sutin
had a significant impact on the lives of two generations of students in
Albany’s public schools.
During his tenure as boys’ varsity basketball coach from 1938-61, Albany
High School posted a 279-88 record and won three sectional
championships. A strong disciplinarian, Mr. Sutin also won the respect
and admiration of his players and students.
was an icon in Capital Region sports from his playing days at Van
Rensselaer High School, where he was a key member of a team that reached
the state championship game in 1927 (beating Albany High along the way),
until his retirement from Albany High 34 years later.
his last teaching position after nearly four decades as an educator, Mr.
Sutin served as coordinator of the School-to-Employment Program, which
helped 15- and 16-year-olds find jobs.