Danbury, Conn. - June 7, 2019 - Springfield College's Brennen Brandow (Manorville, N.Y.) and Charlie Sullivan were recognized by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), as Brandow was tabbed the ECAC Rookie of the Year and Sullivan garnered Coach of the Year accolades.
It was an impressive year for Springfield, which played in its 10th-straight Division III national semifinal and was the top-seed in the NCAA Division III Championship for the third-straight year. The Pride finished the campaign with a 27-3 record, including a 24-2 mark against Division III opponents, and has been ranked among the top two ranked programs in the country in the past 60-consecutive polls dating back to 2015.
Brandow adds on to his list of awards this year with ECAC Rookie of the Year and All-ECAC First Team honors. Earlier this year, he was named the AVCA Division III National Newcomer of the Year and was named to the AVCA All-America Second Team. The Physical Education major owned a .272 hitting percentage on a team-best 324 kills, making the first time a freshman has led the Pride in kills since 2001. Brandow was the only freshman in the country to earn all-america honors, as he also totaled 174 digs, 56 blocks, and 28 aces.
For Sullivan, the honor of ECAC Coach of the Year is his second consecutive and his third in the last four years, while he was also the USMC/AVCA Division III Men's National Coach of the Year for second-straight year. Entering the 2019 campaign, Sullivan returned just one starter who played in the same position on the 2018 NCAA Division III Championship squad, as the Pride lost over 80% of its offensive production from a year ago. In his 21 years on the sidelines at Springfield, Sullivan has racked up a career record of 423-184, good for a .698 winning percentage. Additionally, since the NCAA began its sponsorship of the Division III Men's Volleyball National Championship in 2012, Sullivan has guided Springfield to a 211-13 record against Division III opponents.
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