Sullivan first arrived at Holy
Cross in 1912, and coached the men's track program for 50 years.
Under his careful and expert direction, many of his track and field
men achieved stardom and fame. Sullivan came to the Holy Cross
campus after a great career as an amateur and professional miler
and half-miler with the Boston Athletic Club. In 1900 he finished
third in the BAA Marathon. In 1904, as a member of the U.S. Olympic
team, he finished fourth in the 440. He began his coaching career
in 1906 at Colby College. He also coached at Boston College and
Boston College High School before arriving at Holy Cross. During
this time, he completely dominated the New England mile field as a
During his 50 years at Holy Cross
he developed such outstanding Holy Cross track stars as Joe
Higgins, Andy Kelly, Joe Tierney, Leo Larrivee, Dr. Walter
Mulvihill, Jim Daley, Jim Quinn, George Gilson and field event
champions like Frank Romaka, Dave Murray, Chet Lakonski and Mike
Cooney. Still others who would be included in any list of the top
Eastern track stars in the past thirty years are names like Danny
Mullen, Tom Dignan, Tim Ring and Bernie McCafferty. Paul Murphy
held the New England mile championship and in 1958, Bill Merritt
was the New England indoor and outdoor quarter-mile champion.
When arriving at Holy Cross, Sullivan actually served in a dual capacity as the an athletic trainer.