Four-time NCAA Champion, 12-time Big Ten Champion and 2000 Olympian Kevin Sullivan enters his first season as a volunteer assistant for the Illinois menís track and field team.
A native of Brantford, Ontario, Sullivan spent the previous three seasons as a volunteer assistant at Michigan where he helped develop six All-Americans and numerous Big Ten Champions. In addition to his coaching duties on the track, Sullivan helped coach Michigan to three consecutive second-place finishes at the Big Ten Cross Country Championship.
A 1998 graduate of Michigan, Sullivan is widely considered one of the top distance runners in Big Ten history as he became just the third runner in Big Ten history to win four consecutive cross country titles, joining former Illinois standout Craig Virgin. On the track, Sullivan was equally impressive, winning NCAA crowns in the indoor and outdoor mile, the Distance Medley Relay and the 1,500 meters. Sullivan also won four straight indoor mile and 1,500-meter crowns at the Big Ten Championships.
More recently, Sullivan has taken his success to the world level, winning the silver medal in the mile at the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia, and finishing fifth at the 2000 Olympics in the 1,500 meters in Sydney, Australia.
Sullivan is also a Canadian record holder in the 1,500 meters, the mile, indoor mile, indoor two mile and the junior record holder in both the 1,500 meters and the indoor 1,500 meters.
A Magna Cum Laude graduate in Structural Engineering Concentration, Sullivan is married to Illinois womenís cross country coach Karen Harvey.