Bill Sullivan has resigned as head women’s basketball coach at Barry University, it was announced today by director of athletics, Michael L. Covone.
After a 44-year career in basketball, Sullivan is retiring to spend more time with family.
“After 44 years of coaching basketball, it is finally time to hang up my whistle,” Sullivan said. “I have truly enjoyed coaching the game I love which includes the past 21 years at Barry University. It was a great experience assisting the men’s basketball team working with Coach Cesar Odio for seven years and I thoroughly enjoyed the past 14 years as the head coach of the women’s basketball team.
“Above the wins and losses, it is the great relationships I have had with so many players and coaches that will be the most enduring impact coaching has left on my life.”
For 14 seasons, Sullivan directed the Buccaneer program, becoming the winningest coach in program history. He compiled a 206-192 record including 104-128 mark in Sunshine State Conference play. The Bucs won a share of the 2011-12 SSC regular season title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2009-10.
In all, Sullivan produced eight winning seasons, including a 21-10 mark in 2009-10. He had 19-win seasons in 2015-16 and 2017-18.
Barry University had 12 All-SSC selections, including Players of the Year Mariesa Greene (2010) and Tyler Hardy (2014), and five more who made the All-Newcomer team. Greene, who was a First-Team pick, and Hardy were also both named All-Americans.
Always at the forefront of the University mission in community engagement, Sullivan and the team have consistently engaged in activities to enhance the local community, including Miami Rescue Mission, Habitat for Humanity, International Coastal Clean-Up Day, National Girls & Women in Sport Day, Shake-A-Leg, Walk for Wishes, Race for the Cure, and Miami Shores Sports Village.
The Buccaneers were leaders in the classroom as well, consistently posting GPAs of 3.2 or higher during his 14 years, including earning a 12th-place finish in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Academic Honor Roll after the 2015-16 season when they had a 3.616 combined GPA for the 16 members of the team that finished 19-9.
Barry will begin a national search for her replacement immediately.
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