Sullivan in 1993
|Born||February 6, 1932|
Aransas Pass, Texas
|Died||March 22, 2012 (aged 80)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|SWC Tournament (1977, 1978, 1993)|
|All-SWC (1952, 1953, 1954)|
All-American (1953, 1954)
SWC Coach of the Year (1977, 1978, 1985, 1988, 1991)
Sullivan grew up in Houston, Texas and graduated from Sam Houston High School in 1950. As a senior running back at Sam Houston, Sullivan led the city in rushing and scoring, making the 1949 Houston Chronicle All-City Team. Sullivan was recruited to play college football by the University of Texas, Texas A&M University, the University of Houston, Rice University, the University of Kansas, and LSU, ultimately accepting a college football scholarship to attend Baylor University.
As a freshman in 1950, Sullivan played on the freshman football team for head coach Sam Boyd. As a sophomore, Sullivan was a running back on the 1951 Baylor Bears football team. Led by All-American quarterback Larry Isbell, the Bears went on to play in the Orange Bowl and finished the season ranked #9 by the Associated Press and UPI, Baylor's highest finish in either poll. Ultimately, while never becoming a full-time starter, Sullivan went on to be a three-year letter winner under head coach George Sauer.
As a baseball player, Sullivan earned All-Southwest Conference honors in 1952, 1953, and 1954 and earned All-American honors as an outfielder in both 1953 and 1954. As a senior, Sullivan hit .519, a Southwest Conference record.
Upon his graduation from Baylor, Sullivan signed with the Dallas Eagles of the Texas League. Sullivan spent the 1954 season playing minor league baseball for the Artesia Numexers of the Longhorn League, a Class C affiliate of the Eagles. Sullivan began the 1955 season with the Class A Sioux City Soos of the Western League until being called up to the Eagles for the last 52 games. Sullivan also spent the 1956 and 1957 season with the Eagles before retiring.
Upon his retirement from professional baseball, Sullivan began his coaching career as a football coach at Jane Long Middle School in Houston. Sullivan became an assistant football, baseball, and basketball coach at Bellaire High School before moving to Westbury High School where Sullivan was an assistant football coach and the head baseball coach. Sullivan ultimately returned to Bellaire High School as the head football coach. Sullivan also served a scout for the Philadelphia Phillies where, among other players, he scouted Nolan Ryan.
In 1974, Sullivan became Baylor Bears baseball's 17th head coach, a position he would hold for the next 21 seasons. Sullivan endured just three losing seasons over those 21 years, leading Baylor to three Southwest Conference tournament championships and back-to-back trips to the College World Series in 1977 and 1978. In addition to 1977 and 1978, Sullivan also led Baylor to the NCAA Tournament in 1991 and 1993.
Sullivan coached thirty-one players who were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, including four who were selected in the first round: Jon Perlman (1979), Stan Hilton (1983), Pat Combs (1988), and Scott Ruffcorn (1991).
Sullivan coached ten players who went on to play Major League Baseball: Steve Macko, Perlman, Andy Beene, Fritzie Connally, Lee Tunnell, Ken Patterson, Blaine Beatty, Combs, Ruffcorn, and Dean Crow.
|Baylor Bears (Southwest Conference) (1974-1994)|
|1977||Baylor||43-15||15-9||3rd||College World Series|
|1978||Baylor||32-19||15-9||3rd||College World Series|
Postseason invitational champion