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Springfield College Class of 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame: Bill Sullivan

Sam Leventhal
Staff Writer

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Photo courtesy of Springfield College Athletics.

Under the legendary coaching of Archie Allen, came one of the greatest players Springfield College baseball has ever seen. His name is Bill Sullivan, and he was a devoted student, athlete and alumni for Springfield College.

During his tenure as a student at Springfield, Sullivan majored in physical education and was a pitcher on the baseball team. To the date, Sullivan holds two records that have stood for over 50 years; most games won in a single season (9) and most complete games in a single season (10), both feats were recorded in the same year. In addition to those two records, Sullivan is also fifth all time in games won (19).

After graduation, Sullivan decided that he would go to Nova Scotia and play semi-professional baseball. Before devoting the rest of his time to education, Sullivan returned to Springfield and received his master’s degree, graduating in the class of 1963. Sullivan taught elementary school and then high school at Chariho in Rhode Island. Keeping his educational values close to him, Sullivan moved to New Jersey and coached basketball and golf at Newark State College, now known as Kean University. In the 1965-66 season, Sullivan coached Newark State to their first ever NJAC college basketball championship and earned New Jersey State Colleges Coach of the Year.

In 1970, he moved on to Indiana University where he would graduate with his Ph.D. before returning to Springfield one last time. He joined the faculty as the Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies and taught statistics and research. He was promoted to the Dean of Graduate Studies before his retirement in 1999.

Sullivan’s love for sports came from the YMCA in Westerly, R.I. whether it was watching, teaching, playing, or coaching. His passion for sports was best portrayed when watching a New York Giants game.

In addition to his love of the Giants, he kept his love for the game of golf and fulfilled his lifelong achievement of “shooting his age”. However, one of his greatest achievements was being inducted into the Westerly High School Hall of Fame in 2001, the high school he attended.

Dr. Sullivan unfortunately passed away in 2014 after battling a long illness, but his name will remain immortal in the Springfield College Hall of Fame.

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