Coach Richard "Sam" McCutchen begins his eighth year as the head coach of the Varsity Lady Eagles. Coach McCutchen is the former head men and woman's coach at Howard Payne University NCAA Division III. Sam guided the women’s program to the first winning season in only their third year of competition and to their first ASC playoff appearance in his last season at Howard Payne. Prior to Howard Payne, McCutchen was head soccer coach at Highland Park where he led the Lady Scots to the 2002 UIL state championship and advanced to the state semifinals again in 2003. He has also has coached at Palestine (1997-2000), Westwood (1992-1997), and Austin Westlake (1981-1991). He has 302 high school victories and 102 college wins on his resume and has won numerous district, regional and state honors. In addition to his stellar experience in the field of high school coaching, McCutchen’s career includes many years of service as a youth minister in several Texas Baptist churches.
McCutchen holds a M.A. and a M.S. in Professional Counseling (LPC) from Amberton University, a M.R.E. in Religious Education Administration from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Texas state teacher certification from St. Edwards University, and a B.S. in Education from Belmont University. He also has regional and national NSCAA soccer diplomas and certification, International Coaching license-FIFA-Ireland, and U.S. High School Coaches license. He has been given the Distinguished Alumni Award from both St Edward’s University and Belmont University, and multiple Coach of the Year honors from district, regional, and state-TASCO.
Sam McCutchen is married to Donna for 33 years and they have three children.