Charlie Sullivan
Charlie Sullivan
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 413-748-3850
Email: csulliva@springfieldcollege.edu
Year: 22nd Season

Selected for 2015 USA Volleyball's All-Time Great Coach Award

Charlie Sullivan will enter his 22nd season as head coach of the men's volleyball team during the 2019-20 academic year, and will once again be an assistant professor of physical education at his alma mater. In 21 previous years at the helm, Springfield has established a pedigree of championship success and has an overall record of 423-184 for a .696 winning percentage.

In addition to his role as the men's volleyball coach at Springfield, Sullivan has also had several stints with the U.S. National Team.  In the Summer of 2016, Sullivan and the United States Men's Volleyball team rallied from a two-set deficit to defeat Russia to claim the Bronze Medal at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Brazil.  Sullivan was a member of the coaching staff and served as a scout coach throughout the competition.  In the Summer of 2014, Sullivan guided the U.S. Men's Pan American Team to the silver medal of the IX Men's Pan American Cup, the NORCECA region qualifier for the annual World League competition.  After three consecutive three-game sweeps over Columbia, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, Team USA bowed out to Cuba in the gold medal match to finish in second among the nine-team field. 

In 2018, Sullivan's squad rattled off an impressive 31-2 record, including a perfect 29-0 mark against Division III opponents en route to capturing the NCAA Division III Championship in a 3-0 sweep over Stevens.  The AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year, Sullivan guided Springfield to the best hitting percentage in the nation for the seventh-consecutive season and produced three AVCA All-Americans, including the AVCA Division III National Player of the Year, Sergio Figueroa Velez.

The 2017 season proved to be a remarkable year for the Springfield College men's volleyball program, as Sullivan helped lead the Pride to its 10th national title in a four-set victory over New Paltz in front of a sold out Blake Arena.  Led by the AVCA Division III National Player of the Year in Luis Vega, Springfield went 29-2 and produced a remarkable .414 team hitting percentage, while also leading the country in opponents hitting percentage.

Recently, Sullivan was chosen to receive USA Volleyball's All-Time Great Coach award in the Donald S. Shondell Contemporary Division for 2015.  One of the most recognized names in men's volleyball, Sullivan becomes the 27th recipient of this prestigious award, which goes to an active coach or one that has been retired for less than five years. 

With five new faces in the starting lineup in 2015, Sullivan guided Springfield back to the NCAA Division III National Championship match for the seventh time in the previous eight years behind the play of three AVCA First Team All-America selections, including Ricardo Padilla Ayala, the AVCA Division III National Newcomer of the Year.

After graduating eight seniors, Sullivan put together a remarkable 2014 campaign as the Pride won its third-straight NCAA Division III National Championship.  Jimmy O'Leary earned the program's third AVCA Division III National Player of the Year recognition and the Pride knocked off host Juniata in straight sets for its ninth national title.

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 led 12 Springfield College student-athletes at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia as they represented 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 Springfield College, 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 was 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 Springfield College, 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 Springfield in 1997.

 

Sullivan's Career Coaching Record

YEAR

WINS

LOSSES

TIES

1998-1999

10

9

0

1999-2000

17

10

0

2000-2001

8

15

0

2001-2002

20

9

0

2002-2003

22

8

0

2003-2004

7

16

0

2004-2005

6

15

0

2005-2006

10

15

0

2006-2007

19

10

0

2007-2008

20

7

0

2008-2009

14

10

0

2009-2010

20

11

0

2010-2011

18

15

0

2011-2012

33

5

0

2012-2013

32

3

0

2013-2014 27 8 0
2014-2015 25 7 0
2015-2016 28 4 0
2016-2017 29 2 0
2017-2018 31 
2018-2019 27 3 0

Totals

423

184

0

.696 Winning %