Patrick Sullivan

    Position:
    Head Coach

    Experience:
    Second Season

    Alma Mater:
    Texas A&M '02

    Patrick Sullivan

    04/18/2014

    Houston Battles Rutgers for Spot in Championship Match

    The Cougars aim to win their sixth straight contest and clinch their spot in the conference championship match

    04/18/2014

    Houston Cruises into American Semifinals

    The Cougars will play No. 5 seed Rutgers tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. CT for a spot in the championship match

    04/17/2014

    Houston Begins Championship Journey with Cincinnati

    The Cougars aim to claim their fifth straight victory and advance to the American Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals

    04/16/2014

    Getting to Know Maria Cardenas and Tina Rupert

    Both Rupert and Cardenas have eclipsed the 20-win mark this season

    04/14/2014

    No. 27 Houston to Recognize Three on Senior Day

    Seniors Celia Fraser, Dionne Sanders, and Jo Garvey will be honored before Tuesday's match

    Since becoming the eighth head coach in Houston Tennis history on June 6, 2012, Patrick Sullivan has wasted little time in putting the program back on the national stage.

    In Sullivan's first match at the helm, the Cougars cruised to their first win over a ranked opponent in five seasons while also breaking into the national rankings for the first time since 2006.

    Sullivan also laid the groundwork for a bright future, signing the nation's No. 6 recruiting class for 2013 according to TennisRecruiting.net. The class ranked as the highest in Conference USA history and the second highest-ever among mid-major programs.

    Sullivan came to Houston following two successful seasons as a first-time head coach at Stephen F. Austin.

    Sullivan took over the reins at Stephen F. Austin following a 9-11 season and led the Ladyjacks to the two greatest seasons in school history, compiling an overall record of 43-10 (.811).

    "Patrick is one of the nation's top young talents who is well respected in the college tennis industry, and we feel he'll be an excellent fit within the Houston Athletics family," Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Mack Rhoades said. "He has demonstrated the ability to take programs to new heights and is a dynamic recruiter who truly cares about his student-athletes. We are very excited to have Patrick, Caroline and Vera join our family."

    The Ladyjacks set school records for both wins and winning percentage in Sullivan's inaugural season in 2010-11, going 20-5 overall while earning their first-ever team national ranking, first top-10 regional finish, first nationally ranked player and highest individual regional ranking.

    PATRICK SULLIVAN
    Hometown Houston, Texas
    Education Texas A&M University • bachelor's degree
    University of Arkansas • juris doctorate
    Family Wife: Caroline
    Daughter: Vera
    COACHING EXPERIENCE
    Season School, Position
    2012-present Houston, head coach
    2010-12 Stephen F. Austin, head coach
    2009-10 Arkansas, assistant coach
    2007-09 SMU, assistant coach
    2006-07 Arkansas, assistant coach
    2004-06 Arkansas, graduate assistant
    2002-03 Brazos Christian School, head coach
    TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
    Season Championship
    2012 Southland Conference Tournament
    2012 Southland Conference Regular Season
    2009 Conference USA Tournament
    AT STEPHEN F. AUSTIN
    Notables
    • Southland Conference regular-season and tournament champions (2011-12)
    • Set school record for wins in back-to-back seasons
    • Led SFA to first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance
    • Signed top-recruiting class among mid-majors and 23rd overall nationally in 2011
    • 2011 team earned ITA All-Academic Team honors for GPA of 3.5 or higher
    AT ARKANSAS
    Notables
    • Recruited teams that advanced to the Elite Eight and Sweet 16
    • Recruited and coached the top player in program history
    • Ten student-athletes earned national rankings
    AT SMU
    Notables
    • Mustangs notched program-best 28 wins during 2008-09 season
    • Helped lead SMU to first top-25 ranking in 20 years
    • Recruited and coached the top player in program history
    • Six student-athletes earned national rankings

    Sullivan followed up his successful first season by signing the top-ranked recruiting class of 2011 among mid-major programs and the 23rd-highest class nationally, marking the first time that a Southland Conference recruiting class had been ranked among the nation's top 25.

    Sullivan's youthful 2012 squad, which featured four freshmen in the lineup, captured the school's first-ever Southland Conference regular-season and tournament titles en route to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history.

    SFA finished the regular season tied for fourth nationally with 23 wins, setting a new program record for victories. Along the way, SFA rattled off a program-best 14-match win streak and had six players earn All-Southland Conference honors, including four First-Team selections. In addition to his players, Sullivan was tabbed the SLC Coach of the Year.

    The `Jacks were rewarded for their challenging 2012 slate, which saw wins over programs from the BIG EAST, Big 12, Conference USA, Pac 12, and SEC, as SFA climbed as high as No. 35 in the national rankings before closing out the regular season ranked 45th.

    Not only did the `Jacks find success on the court under Sullivan, they also excelled in the classroom, earning their second consecutive ITA All-Academic team honors for GPAs of 3.5 or higher following the 2010-11 season.

    Sullivan came to SFA after two separate stints at the University of Arkansas. He served as graduate assistant before moving to assistant coach for the Razorbacks from 2004-07 and returned as assistant coach for the 2009-10 campaign.

    While at Arkansas, Sullivan coached the Razorback's most decorated women's tennis player ever, Aurelija Miseviciute, who won an astounding 126 singles matches in her career, earned two All-America and three All-SEC honors, was a two-time ITA National Indoor Champion and was the nation's No. 1 ranked player in back-to-back years.

    In between his time in Fayetteville, Ark., Sullivan served as assistant coach at SMU from 2007-09 as the program reached unprecedented heights.

    Sullivan helped guide the Mustangs to an all-time best 28-3 record in 2008-09 and their first top-25 finish in 20 years. In his two years at SMU, three of Sullivan's recruits garnered national rankings in singles and four different doubles pairs appeared in the top-50 including Marta Lesniak, who would eventually reach as high as No. 2 nationally in singles and become an All-American during her SMU career.

    At both SMU and Arkansas, Sullivan played an instrumental role in turning the programs from unranked to the top 25 in three years or less.

    Well known for his recruiting prowess, 18 players signed under Sullivan since 2004 have reached a national ranking in either singles or doubles.

    Sullivan, a Houston native, earned his bachelor's degree from Texas A&M and also obtained a law degree while serving as graduate assistant at the University of Arkansas.

    Sullivan and his wife Caroline recently welcomed their daughter, Vera, into the family.

    WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT PATRICK SULLIVAN

    "Patrick is one of the top up-and-coming coaches in the country. I've been able to watch his career progress and it's amazing how it's all come together. He possesses great integrity and this is an excellent hire for Houston."
    -Joey Scrivano, Baylor University women's tennis head coach

    "I am very happy for Patrick and his new position and I know he will be a great addition. Patrick always shared his knowledge and outstanding positive attitude and support with us. I enjoyed his personality and respected his ability to build relationships with players while motivating them to always perform and compete at the highest level. I wish Patrick and the University of Houston tennis team all the best."
    -Aurelija Misceviciute, former NCAA No. 1 ranked singles player and two-time All-American at Arkansas

    "Houston has made a fantastic hire with Patrick Sullivan to lead the women's tennis program. What he accomplished at Stephen F Austin was remarkable and here in Fayetteville we are not at all surprised by his rapid success there. Patrick has a great ability to identify talent and more importantly to develop it. I expect Houston to become an NCAA Tournament team very soon."
    -Michael Hegarty, University of Arkansas women's tennis head coach

    "I have known Patrick for over 10 years and can tell you from experience working with him that he is one of the best coaches and recruiters in college tennis. His experience building nationally ranked teams as both an assistant and head coach will bring an immediate impact to the UH Tennis program. I believe his strong moral values, ability to analyze talent and desire to succeed will elevate UH tennis back into the national spotlight very soon."
    -Lauren Longbotham Meisner, Auburn University women's tennis head coach

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