Track and Field | Tuesday, January 6, 2004
Kelly Sullivan Named OSU Women's Cross Country, Track Head Coach
Salem - Kelly Sullivan has been named head coach of the Oregon State University's women's track and cross country teams, OSU athletic director Bob De Carolis announced Tuesday.
Kelly Sullivan had been the men's and women's head cross country and track and field coach at Willamette University since 1997.
Sullivan, a 1979 NAIA All-American in the steeplechase and cross country at Willamette, was named the 2003 Northwest Conference women's cross country Coach of the Year after leading the Bearcats to the NWC title in 2003. In 2000, he led the women's cross country team to its first NWC title in Willamette history.
This opportunity to coach at OSU is one that Sullivan, an Independence, OR native, couldn't pass up. Willamette will miss what Sullivan has brought to our cross country and track and field programs. He took the program from mediocrity to national recognition and contender status while recruiting some of the most academically and athletically gifted students.
This summer OSU reinstated the women's track and field and cross country programs after dropping them in 1988 due to budgetary considerations. Kelly Sullivan's duties at OSU officially began January 1, 2004.