Former Illinois Softball coach joins DePaul’s Athletics Academic Advising Staff
Sept. 22, 2017
CHICAGO – DePaul associate athletics director for academic advising Kate O’Brien announced today that Terri Sullivan has joined the Athletics Academic Advising staff recently as its new assistant director and life skills coordinator. Sullivan will provide academic support and monitoring for the women’s basketball and men’s tennis programs while optimizing the educational opportunities and preparation for student-athletes personal and professional career readiness after graduation.
Terri’s father is the late Gene Sullivan, who served as DePaul’s Athletic Director from 1975-78, is the name-sake for the Sullivan Athletics Center and is a 1996 inductee of the DePaul Athletic Hall of Fame.
The first and only head coach of the University of Illinois softball program’s first 16 years of existence, Sullivan posted a 488-369-2 record with four trips to the NCAA Tournament and a pair of runner-up finishes in the Big Ten standings. The 2010 Big Ten Coach of the Year, Sullivan’s Illini burst onto the scene in 2001, setting the record for most Big Ten wins by a first-year conference program while taking down four ranked opponents with a team comprised almost entirely of freshmen.
After graduating from Loyola University in 1992, Sullivan became an integral part of the national success at Illinois-Chicago. Sullivan joined the Flames in 1992 as a graduate assistant coach while completing a master’s degree in sports management. She was elevated to assistant coach in 1994 and finally to associate head coach in 1997. The Flames qualified for three NCAA regional appearances and reached the 1994 College World Series.
As a player at Loyola, Sullivan was voted a District IV Academic All-American in 1992 and to the All-Midwestern Collegiate All-Conference team in both 1991 and 1992.
Sullivan is also a member of the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference (GCAC) Hall of Fame as a…