Sullivan Hired for Wiel's StaffJuly 20, 2001 · MT Media Relations
Sullivan replaces Victor Newman, who left to take another coaching position during the spring. As a member of the Blue Raider staff, Sullivan will be responsible for recruiting, scouting, and film exchange along with his on-the-floor coaching assignments.
"Pat is a welcome addition to our staff," said Blue Raider Head Coach Randy Wiel. "He has had experience in nearly every aspect of college coaching and he will be a wonderful fit here at Middle Tennessee."
Sullivan is a branch of the North Carolina coaching tree along with Wiel. He played with the Tarheels from 1991-1995, winning the National Championship in 1993. He participated in two other Final Fours during his four years of competition in Chapel Hill.
Former UNC head coach Bill Guthridge had glowing words for his former assistant after learning of Sullivan's hiring at Middle Tennessee.
"Pat Sullivan is a special person. He was a full-time member of my staff and he did an outstanding job for us. He will be a great addition to the Middle Tennessee staff. I have the utmost respect for Coach Wiel and I know that Pat will be a great fit on Randy's staff," said Guthridge.
After his playing days ended, Sullivan served as the head boy's basketball coach at Hale High School in Raliegh, N.C. for one season and served as the administrative assistant for the North Carolina program for two seasons.
After spending time as the co-director of the Carolina Basketball School for two seasons he ascended to a full-time assistant on the UNC bench. Sullivan spent four years on the Tarheel staff and was responsible for scouting and recruiting along with his on-the-floor coaching duties.
Sullivan spent a year as an area scout for the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers before signing on with the Blue Raiders.
Sullivan, a native of Bogota, N.J., attended Bogota High School. He graduated with a degree in communications from North Carolina in 1995.
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