|Position:||Senior Associate Director of Athletics / COO|
|Alma Mater:||Notre Dame|
Brendan Sullivan is in his third full academic year at the College of the Holy Cross in 2017-2018, and currently serves as the senior associate director of athletics and chief operating officer. He joined the Crusaders in February of 2015, initially as the associate director of athletics for finance and business and chief financial officer.
Sullivan is responsible for leading all financial and business operations, with an emphasis on strategic financial planning, optimum resource allocation, programmatic fiscal strength, budget forecasting and proper monitoring of financial process and procedures. He also oversees the areas of strength and conditioning, sports medicine and equipment, and serves as the departmental liaison with human resources, in addition to supervising for the football, men's basketball, women's basketball, field hockey and softball programs.
Sullivan came to Holy Cross from Stonehill College, where he served as the director of athletics for six and a half years. Under his direction, Stonehill finished in the top three of the Northeast-10 Conference Presidents' Cup standings for six straight years, including a run of three-straight Presidents' Cup titles from 2009-2010 through 2011-2012. The Skyhawks were also successful in the classroom under Sullivan's leadership, twice receiving the NCAA Division II Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence, while achieving an academic success rate of 97 percent or better every year.
During Sullivan's time as the director of athletics, Stonehill won 29 Northeast-10 Conference championships, including a league-best four in 2012-2013, and earned 45 NCAA Tournament bids, including an impressive nine during the 2009-2010 academic year. In 2009-2010, Stonehill played host to the NCAA Division II field hockey championship as well as the men's basketball east regional. The men's basketball team reached the Elite Eight in 2001, while Corey Thomas was the national champion in the indoor high jump in 2011.
Sullivan completed a term as chair of the Northeast-10 finance committee, which was responsible for annually drafting, approving and amending the conference's budget. Sullivan was also a member of Stonehill's enrollment management committee, assisting in annually setting enrollment priorities for admitting and yielding a talented and diverse pool of students. In addition, he served as a member of the NCAA Division II national women's lacrosse committee.
Prior to taking over as Stonehill's director of athletics in July 2008, Sullivan served two years as associate director of athletics after three years as the department's assistant director of athletics. In these roles, he oversaw all aspects of program administration for football, women's lacrosse and women's soccer, while supervising the office of athletic communications. He initiated and supervised the implementation, marketing and execution of Stonehill's successful summer sports camps which assisted in increasing department revenues.
Sullivan designed and implemented the Stonehill Leadership Academy, which educates its student-athletes on leadership, self-branding and communications skills. He also founded and established Stonehill's Varsity Club, a dues based alumni association with membership over 200 alumni members and a director's board of 30 alumni volunteers. He assisted in the creation and implementation of a capital campaign that raised 2.5-million dollars towards the construction of W.B. Mason Stadium, and was a member of the Stonehill's strategic planning committee, marketing committee and web redesign team.
Prior to joining the department of athletics in 2003, Sullivan served one year as Stonehill's assistant controller / budget analyst, where he assisted in drafting, revising, implementing and monitoring the school's annual operating and capital budgets.
Sullivan is an active member of the Spina Bifida Association of Massachusetts, having served eight years on its board of directors, including two years as president from 2007-2009. Sullivan directed the organization responsible for assisting and advocating for the 500-plus affected families in the state. He received the 2005 National Spina Bifida Association Award for Public Relations for efforts promoting awareness by using the 2004 Boston Marathon as a vehicle.
Sullivan is a 2001 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a bachelor's degree in finance. He went on to receive a master's degree in business administration from Boston College in 2010.