July 17, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich.-- University of Michigan men's track and field coach Jerry Clayton announced on Thursday (July 17) the hiring of former Wolverine national champion and three-time Olympian Kevin Sullivan as the head cross country coach and the assistant track and field coach for the men's programs.
"We are excited to add Kevin to our coaching staff and have him lend his expertise in both cross country and long distance running to our student-athletes," said Clayton. "Kevin achieved at the highest level at Michigan and on the international running scene. His experiences will be a major advantage for our middle and long distance program. We look forward to having him return to the Michigan family."
"It is an honor and privilege to be coming back to the University of Michigan as the head men's cross coach and assistant track coach," said Sullivan. "As a former Wolverine student-athlete, I truly understand the pride and passion one has to compete with the block M on their chest and I intend to bring the same pride and passion to my coaching.I have been blessed over the past 20 years to have both been coached by and coached alongside some of the great distance minds in NCAA and international track and field, and I look forward to bringing real melding of coaching strategies to this program. I also want to thank Coach Clayton for having the belief and faith in me to lead our Michigan distance runners."
The most decorated runner in school history, Sullivan was a 16-time Big Ten champion and a 14-time NCAA All-American during his Michigan career. He won four NCAA titles, claiming top honors in the mile (1995 and 1998) and the distance medley relay (1995) during the indoor season, and the 1500m run at the 1995 outdoor championships. Sullivan was a nine-time Big Ten Athlete of the Year, earning the honor each of his four years in cross country, three times in indoor track and field and twice outdoors.
In cross country, Sullivan was a four-time NCAA All-American (1993-95, 1997), four-time NCAA regional champion, four-time Big Ten champion, four-time Big Ten Athlete of the Year and a four-time all-conference selection. He was also the 1993 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
Sullivan was a three-time Olympian for Canada, competing in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Games. He placed fifth in the 1500m run at the 2000 Olympics and is Canada's record holder in three events: 1500m (3:31.71), mile (3:50.26) and 3000m (7:41.61). Sullivan was one of the world's top competitors in the 1500m run for nearly a decade, winning a silver medal at the 1994 Commonwealth Games and 2001 Goodwill Games, and earned the bronze medal in the 2000 IAAF Grand Prix Final. Overall, he participated in 22 World Championships in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field.
Since finishing his competitive running career, Sullivan has remained involved in the running community. He was the operations manager for the Florida State University track and field team during the 2010 season. Sullivan was responsible for preparing travel, entering student-athletes in competition and assisted with the administration of three home events for the Seminoles. He left FSU to open up Capital City Runners, a full-service specialty running store, of which he is the owner and manager.
Sullivan has stayed close to the Big Ten Conference competition as an analyst for the BTN with various track and field programming. He served as an editorial research assistant for CTV Sports (Agincourt, Ontario) during the 2012 London Olympics.
He has been a volunteer assistant coach for the women's cross country program at Florida State University since 2007. Prior to 2007, Sullivan was a volunteer coach at the University of Illinois with the women's programs (2003-07) and men's program's (2002-03). He also spent four seasons as a volunteer coach with the Michigan men's cross country and track programs from 1999 through 2002.
Sullivan graduated from the University of Michigan in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. Academically, Sullivan was a seven-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, and was the 1998 Spring At-Large Academic All-American of the Year. He was a recipient of the 1998 NCAA Top VIII Award.
He was Michigan's male recipient of the 1998 Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor. Sullivan was inducted into the University of Michigan Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2006.
Contact: Whitney Dixon