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Pat Sullivan
Pat  Sullivan

Volleyball Coach - 1978-1986 (Inducted 1995)


Pat Sullivan served as the University's women's volleyball coach from 1978 through 1986. In nine seasons at GW, her teams were 289-140 (.674), including more than 40 victories in both 1980 and '81. In addition, she served as head coach of the 1981 East team at the National Sports Festival. Her final Colonials team in 1986 was 31-9 and she earned Atlantic 10 Conference Volleyball Coach of the Year.

Prior to coaching and teaching at GW, she coached volleyball and swimming, as well as taught, at the University of Nebraska from 1973-1978. Her volleyball record at the Big Eight institution was 114-22 and her overall volleyball coaching mark was 403-162 (.713).

Dr. Sullivan earned her bachelor's degree from SUNY-Cortland in 1969 and four years later gained her master's degree at Smith College. Retiring as Colonials' volleyball coach in 1987, she refocused on academia and received her doctoral degree in higher education from GW in 1989.

Dr. Sullivan served as an associate professor in the University's Department of Exercise Science. She also served as vice president for professional development and leadership for the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport.