The 2013 campaign proved to be another unforgettable season as the Pride repeated as NCAA Division III National Champions with a three-game victory over host Nazareth College to finish the year with a remarkable 32-3 record. In July, he will lead 12 Springfield College student-athletes at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia as they represent the United States of America.
The 2012 season was unlike any other as the Pride won the inaugural NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball National Championship in it's very own Blake Arena in a three-game sweep of Carthage College. Springfield closed out the season winning 21-straight matches en route to a 33-5 record, and led the country with a .381 hitting percentage. Sullivan was named the AVCA Division III Men's National Coach of the Year, while his assistant, Kevin Burch, was selected as the Division III National Assistant Coach the Year.
Sullivan took a youthful squad to new heights in 2011 as the Pride advanced to the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Coaches Association (EIVA) Division I Tournament Championship at Penn State for the first in program history as a Division III team. Paced by the AVCA Division III National Player of the Year, Cal Palumbo, Springfield went 18-15 on the year and advanced to the final Molten Division III National Championship.
Sullivan's team had a dream season in 2010 as they captured their sixth national championship. Picking up his first ever AVCA Division III Men's National Coach of the Year accolade, Sullivan guided the Pride to a 20-11 record, as it rallied past UC Santa Cruz in a four set match for the Molten national title. The Pride, which was led by AVCA Division III National Player of the Year AJ Nally, advanced to the EIVA Division I Tournament Semifinals at Penn State for the first in program history as a Division III team.
The 2009 season was highlighted by Sullivan's troops earning a home game in the EIVA Division I Tournament for the first time in program history. In 2008, Sullivan led the Pride to its fifth national championship as Springfield toppled Vassar in three games in front of a packed Blake Arena. He previously guided the Pride to three straight Molten Division III National Championships from 2001-03.
Under Sullivan's direction, no other Division III program in the country has won more national championships than Springfield. In 2011, he was selected as the EIVA Division III Coach of the Year for the sixth time in his career.
Sullivan’s coaching career at the college ranks began in 1997 as an assistant on the Springfield team that won the inaugural Molten Championship. In 1998, Sullivan became the head coach at Marycrest International University in Davenport, Iowa, and was instrumental in the development of the first National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Men’s Volleyball Championship that was held at Marycrest. During that year, Sullivan headed the NAIA National Championship committee and chaired the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Conference.
Aside from his duties at SC, Sullivan was an assistant coach for the USA Junior National Team that competed at the Norceca Championship in Kelowna, British Columbia, in 2002 and 2004. Sullivan’s other coaching credentials include an internship with the USA Men’s National Team in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and a four-year stint as head boys’ and girls’ volleyball coach at Marymount International School in Rome, Italy. He was also a member of the staff at the USA Men’s Volleyball Developmental and High-Performance Camps, and coached with the Youth National Team in Lake Placid, N.Y.
In 2001, Sullivan was selected by USA Athletes International to coach a United States team that traveled to Darwin, Australia, to compete in the Arafura Games. After falling in the Gold Medal round, the team won the Bronze Medal match against the South Australian Adelaide team.
During the fall of 2005, Sullivan coached with Feffe DeGiorgi and the Marcerata Volleyball Club, a top professional league in Italy. He had the opportunity to work with some of the top international players such as Ivan Miljkovic of Serbia, Angel Dennis of Cuba, and Rodrigo Santana of Brazil.
Sullivan was worked extensively with USA Volleyball as he has had an active role in running USA Volleyball High Performance camps for the past several years.
In the fall of 2007, Sullivan rejoined the U.S. National Team as an assistant coach as the squad traveled to Japan for the 2007 FIVB World Cup. Sullivan was also named the head coach for the 2008 USA Select A1 Camp and Competition, which was held in Tucson, Arizona, in the summer of 2008. The 2008 USA Boys’ Select A1 Camp and Competition consists of 40 of the top 15 and 16 year olds in the country.
Sullivan wass a member of the EIVA Executive Committee, is the Division III Representative to the AVCA, and is one of only 10 coaches who vote in the Division III national poll. He is also an assistant professor in sports psychology at SC, and co-wrote the curriculum for sports physics for physical education majors.
Sullivan was named to the Volleyball Hall of Fame Board of Directors in 1999 and has participated in the NCAA “Youth Education Through Sports” (YES) Clinics held in conjunction with NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championships. He has also presented at AVCA coaches' clinics, and published articles in Coaching Volleyball and in Volleyball magazine.
He is the founder and director of the Springfield Boys' Volleyball School as well the director of Systematic Training, a unique volleyball experience that combines a coaching and players clinic.
Sullivan earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Springfield College in 1991 and his master’s degree in physical education from SC in 1997.
Sullivan's Coaching Record at Springfield College
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