Marcus O'Sullivan Named Mid-Atlantic Region Head Coach of the Year
March 10, 2014
NEW ORLEANS--Villanova men's track & field head coach Marcus O'Sullivan was chosen as the Mid-Atlantic Region Head Coach of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), it was announced on Monday afternoon. O'Sullivan led the Wildcats to the team title at the BIG EAST Championships last month and has Villanova ranked No. 9 in the nation heading into the NCAA Championships this weekend.
This is the fifth time in his Wildcats coaching career that O'Sullivan has earned distinction as the top coach in the region. Villanova has entries in four different events at the upcoming national meet, including top-three national seeds in the Mile (sophomore Jordy Williamsz), 5000 meters (freshman Patrick Tiernan) and distance medley relay. The time of 9:28.06 that the Wildcats posted in the DMR at the Boston University Last Chance Meet earlier this month is among the top times in school history in the event. In addition senior Samuel Ellison will make his second straight appearance at the NCAA meet as an individual qualifier in the 800 meters.
Villanova won its first indoor team title at the BIG EAST Championships since 1986 and did so in dominant fashion. The team's winning score of 199.5 points is the highest total in the history of the conference meet and the Wildcats won seven different events during the championships. O'Sullivan and the rest of the Villanova coaching staff - including associate head coach Anthony Williams and assistant coaches Mark Carberry, George Reynolds and Talen Singer - were named the BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year.
O'Sullivan is in his 16th year as the Frank J. Kelly Endowed Track & Field Coach in 2013-14. The track & field program at Villanova is among the most storied in the history of collegiate sports and O'Sullivan is in a unique position as not only a coach to the team's current student-athletes but also the steward of the program's incredible history.
In his 16 years as a head coach O'Sullivan has maintained the program in a place of national prominence. Over the years he has coached 15 national champions, 73 All-Americans and 149 BIG EAST champions. He has also guided Villanova to five Championship of America titles at the Penn Relays. Meanwhile, his teams have won one national championship while posting four top-10 team finishes at national meets, in addition to winning seven team BIG EAST titles. O'Sullivan was named the Women's Cross Country National Coach of the Year by the USTFCCCA in his first season as head coach (1998). He is a five-time USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year and a seven-time BIG EAST Coach of the Year.
O'Sullivan is leading a Wildcats team that is in the midst of a steady run of success. Beginning with the 2010-11 academic year and continuing through the current indoor track & field season, Villanova has received a total of 20 All-America honors, 11 of which came during the 2013 calendar year spanning the most recent indoor, outdoor and cross country national championships.