CAMBRIDGE, Mass.ó America East Commissioner Patrick Nero announced the hiring of Frank Sullivan as the conference’s coordinator of men’s basketball officials. Sullivan, who has 33 years of collegiate basketball coaching experience, served most recently as the head coach at Harvard University for the past 16 years.
“We are extremely excited to have someone with Frank’s knowledge and experience in collegiate basketball on board,” Nero said. “Frank will truly be a valuable asset to America East and our membership.”
Sullivan will begin employment with the conference immediately.
As head coach at Harvard, Sullivan won more games (178) than any coach in school history.
Prior to Harvard, Sullivan had a highly successful seven-year stint at Division II Bentley College. He began coaching on the collegiate level in 1974 as an assistant to Rollie Massimino at Villanova. In three seasons with the Wildcats, Sullivan helped initiate a climb that led to a third-place finish at the NIT and eventually success in the NCAAs. He went to Lehigh in 1977 where he worked with Brian Hill, former coach of the NBA’s Orlando Magic and Vancouver Grizzlies. Lehigh improved each season and in 1980-81 posted its most victories in more than 60 years.
The next stop was Seton Hall, where Sullivan served on the staff of P.J. Carlesimo (now head coach of the Seattle SuperSonics) from 1982 until 1984.
Sullivan’s first Bentley squad won 24 of 27 regular season games, shared the Northeast-8 Conference title, and earned an NCAA tournament bid. For those efforts, Sullivan gained numerous coaching accolades, including conference coach of the year, New England coach of the year, Basketball Times coach of the Year, and Kodak New England coach of the year.
In his seven years at Bentley, Sullivan amassed a 114-86 overall mark and a 67-47 record in Northeast-10 Conference play.
Sullivan is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches International Committee and has spent portions of two summers (1993, 2001) in Portugal, working with that country’s national coaches association. He has worked with similar clinics in Italy. He is also a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard Award committee.
An outstanding teacher of the game, four of Sullivan’s former assistantsóKevin O’Brien, Brian Walmsley, Jay Lawson and Don Beckóhave moved on to become head coaches themselves.
Walmsley also played for Sullivan, as did current Colgate assistant Bill Holden, and Monmouth assistant coach Mark Calzonetti.
Sullivan is a Lexington, Mass., native who played at Lexington High School for coach Rollie Massimino. He then attended Westfield State College, where he lettered for three years and captained the basketball team before graduating in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in English. Sullivan later earned a master’s degree in guidance from Villanova.
Sullivan’s wife, Susan, is a faculty member at nearby Suffolk University. The couple has one daughter, Katy.
Sullivan replaces former coordinator of men's basketball officials Charlie Diehl. Diehl, who has been involved in collegiate basketball since the early 1950's, served as both an official and supervisor since the early development of the ECAC North and North Atlantic Conference.
"We are very grateful to Charlie for his years of service to the conference," Nero said. "Charlie was certainly one of the top officials when he was on court and was an significant part of the development of men's basketball in America East as our coordinator of officials."