Bill Sullivan begins his sixth season at the helm of the head women’s basketball team. Sullivan is just the fifth head coach for the Buccaneer women’s basketball program in 20 years. Overall, he is in his 13th season with the Bucs, having spent seven years as an assistant in the men’s program under long-time coach Cesar Odio.
Sullivan has compiled an 80-63 mark (.559) in his first five seasons. In 2010-11, the Bucs went 12-15 and ranked 14th in Division II in scoring defense, allowing just 55.4 points per game. Yvonne Houston had a break-out season as a junior, earning Second-Team All-SSC.
The Bucs reached new heights in 2009-10, advancing to the SSC Champsionship game for the first time since 1990-91, and earning the program's third NCAA Tournament bid. The Bucs ranked in the top-20 defensively, allowing just 55.6 points per game and holding the opposition to 36.0 percent field goal shooting.
Mariesa Greene, the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year after leading the league in scoring, rebounding and shooting, became the first Buc to earn first-team All-America honors from Daktronics, Inc., as selected by D2SIDA (NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors).
In 2008-09, Sullivan and staff continued the improvement of the women's program, leading the Bucs to a 15-13 overall mark. The Bucs opened the season going 12-2, and attained a #13 ranking in the USA TODAY ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.
In 2007-08, Sullivan led the squad to a four-game increase from the previous year and eight games over 2005-06. The Bucs once again went 8-8 in the SSC, but improved to fourth place in the regular season. After beating Lynn for the second straight year in the conference quarterfinals, the Bucs bowed out in the semifinals against #1 seed and eventual champions Nova Southeastern 47-43.
Princess Bailey was a second-team all-league pick for the second straight year, while Christina Thompson set a school record with 67 three-point field goals.
In his first season as head coach, Sullivan brought the Bucs out of a losing record from the previous year, and bumped them up one notch from the previous year’s sixth rank in the SSC. Overall, the Bucs made a five-game improvement under Sullivan. And for another consecutive year, Sullivan led the women’s team into the semi-finals of the SSC tournament, where they fell to #1 Rollins after a long battle.
During his seven-year tenure as the associate head coach at Barry in the men’s program, he was primarily responsible for the Bucs’ offensive game plan. He has also helped Odio in guiding the men’s program to two SSC tournament finals in 2001 and 2006 as well as the program’s first NCAA tournament appearance in 2005.
Sullivan came to Barry after spending two seasons as the head coach at neighboring St. Thomas University. Both years at St. Thomas, Sullivan’s teams played in the conference title game losing to Embry-Riddle by a combined seven points on their home court in Daytona Beach, Fla. In his last season at STU, his Bobcats upset NAIA powerhouse Life University, who went on to win the NAIA Division I championship, by seven points.
Prior to St. Thomas, Sullivan served as the head coach at Miami-Dade Community College in Kendall for one season. He led the Jaguars to a 16-12 overall mark as well as the conference championship. Sullivan was named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year after taking his team to quarterfinals of the Florida Community College/NJCAA Region VIII tournament.
Before joining the collegiate ranks, Sullivan served as the boy’s head coach at Coral Gables High for 15 years. While at CGHS, he led his team to four district titles, three district runner-ups and a sub-regional championship. With the Cavaliers, he was selected to coach the Dade County South All-Stars four times and the Dade County Superintendent’s All-Stars once and earned county Coach of the Year honors from the Miami News in 1985.
While at Coral Gables, Sullivan also served as the head coach for the girls’ golf program where he led the team to the GMAC, District and Regional championships and was selected as Dade County’s 2005 Girls’ Golf Coach of the Year by the Miami Herald.
In 2001, Sullivan was the head coach of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Girls’ Basketball program in the National AAU Qualifying Tournament in Boynton Beach, Fla., where his team finished in first place with a 5-0 record.
Sullivan’s first head coaching position began at Southwest Miami High where he spent two seasons. He was the Dade County Coach of the Year in 1979-80, his first season of coaching, selected by the Miami News as voted by area coaches and members of the media.
In his 17 years as a high school head coach, he posted a 300-202 career record. He began his coaching career at Miami Edison High where he guided the junior varsity team to a 19-4 record in one season.
A native of Louisville, Ky., Sullivan received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Georgetown College in 1973 and his master’s degree in educational technology from Nova Southeastern in 2000. He and his wife Debra (Fairfax, Va.) have two daughters: Nikki and Amber.
Sullivan enjoys working with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), and he and his wife have been active members in their church, serving in the children’s and youth ministries.