|Title:||Director of Intercollegiate Athletics|
|College:||Notre Dame, '01|
Brendan Sullivan is entering his fourth year as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Stonehill College. He has been with the College for ten years and has a nine year association with the athletic department. As Director of Athletics, Sullivan manages all aspects of the department, comprised of 20 intercollegiate athletic programs and 450 student athletes.
Sullivan has guided the Skyhawks through a period of unprecedented success, not only in the field of play, but in the classroom as well. Stonehill captured its second-straight Northeast-10 Presidents' Cup trophy following the 2010-11 academic year, given to signify overall success in all Conference sports. The College is ranked second in the most recent National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) Power Rankings, used to assess the academic and athletic standards of all NCAA programs, and its student-athletes earned a 98-percent Academic Success Rating from the NCAA – good for second among NE-10 schools and fourth nationally in Division II.
Sullivan designed and implemented the Stonehill Leadership Academy, which educates its student-athletes on leadership, self-branding and communications skills.
Sullivan is very active for the athletic department, not just on the Stonehill campus, but with both the Northeast-10 and NCAA Division II. He serves as Chair of the NE-10 Finance Committee, which is responsible for annually drafting, approving and amending the Conference’s budget. Sullivan is a member of the College’s Enrollment Management Committee, assisting in annually setting enrollment priorities for admitting and yielding a talented and diverse pool of students. He has also served as a member of the NCAA Division II women’s lacrosse national committee.
Prior to taking over as the fifth athletic director in Stonehill history in July 2008, Sullivan served two years as Associate Director of Athletics after three years as the department’s Assistant Director of Athletics. In these roles, he oversaw all aspects of program administration for football, women’s lacrosse and women’s soccer, while also supervising the Office of Athletic Communications. He initiated and supervised the implementation, marketing and execution of Stonehill’s successful summer sports camps which assist in increasing department revenues.
Sullivan founded and established Stonehill’s Varsity Club, a dues based alumni association with current membership over 200 alumni members and a Director’s Board of 30 alumni volunteers. He assisted in the creation and implementation of a capital campaign that raised 2.5-million dollars towards the construction of W.B. Mason Stadium. He has been a member of the College’s Strategic Planning Committee, Marketing Committee and Web Redesign Team.
Sullivan served one year as Assistant Controller/Budget Analyst at Stonehill prior to joining the athletic department in 2003, where he assisted in drafting, revising, implementing and monitoring the College’s annual operating and capital budgets.
Sullivan is an active member of the Spina Bifida Association of Massachusetts. He has served eight years on its Board of Directors, including two years as president from 2007-09. Sullivan directed the organization responsible for assisting and advocating for the 500-plus affected families in the state. He received the 2005 National Spina Bifida Association Award for Public Relations for efforts promoting awareness by using the 2004 Boston Marathon as a vehicle.
Sullivan recently earned his Masters in Business Administration from Boston College in 2010, being inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.
Sullivan is a 2001 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in finance. He was active in the Fighting Irish athletic department during his undergraduate career, serving as equipment manager for the men’s basketball program for two years and student manager of the football program for one.
Sullivan and his wife, Sara, reside in Charlestown, Mass.