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Kevin Sullivan (runner)

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Kevin Sullivan
Personal information
Born (1974-03-20) March 20, 1974 (age 50)
Brantford, Ontario
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight147 lb (67 kg; 10 st 7 lb)
SportTrack and field
Event(s)1500 m, Mile
University teamMichigan Wolverines
Now coachingMichigan Wolverines
Achievements and titles
Personal bests
Medal record
Track and field
Representing  Canada
Commonwealth Games
Silver medal – second place 1994 Victoria 1500 m
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1992 Seoul 1500 m

Kevin Sullivan (born March 20, 1974) is a retired Canadian middle-distance runner who holds the Canadian records in the 1500 m and the mile.[1] Since 2014, he has served as the head coach of the track and field and cross country teams at his alma mater, the University of Michigan[2]

Personal life[edit]

Sullivan studied civil engineering at the University of Michigan where he had 14 All-American honours and won 4 NCAA titles (one relay and 3 individual).[3] Sulivan's father, Richard, is a machinist. He has two brothers, Darren and Colin. He played hockey and soccer while growing up in Brantford. Kevin is Married to Ilora Cipolat a former track and field Coach at West Virginia University. Kevin and Ilora are the parents of Cian Sullivan. The couple reside live in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Athletics career[edit]

Sullivan competed in 1000 metres, 1500 metres, and mile events and represented Canada. His personal best times are 3:31.71 for the 1500 (set in June 2000) and 3:50.36 for the mile. He is the former Canadian record-holder for the indoor 3000 m, 7:40.17 (set February 9, 2007).[4] His best Olympic showing is a fifth-place finish at Sydney. In 2005, he left his longtime Michigan coach, Ron Warhurst, to train under the coaching of Juli Henner. In the 2008 Summer Olympics, Sullivan reached the semi-finals of the 1500 metres but failed to qualify for the final.[1] Sullivan was also a torchbearer for the 2010 Winter Olympics, carrying the torch into Brantford.

Sullivan was an assistant coach at Michigan in the early 2000s. He was a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a coach at Florida State University.

Sullivan has been named one of the greatest Canadian distance runners of all time, concerning his placings in international competition, having competed at 3 Olympic Games, 22 World Championships (outdoors, indoors, and cross country), and still holding 4 Canadian track and field records including 3 outdoor and 1 indoor.

Personal bests[edit]

Event Best Location Date
800 metres 1:47.06 Baton Rouge, LA, United States 1 January 1995
1000 metres 2:17.59 Athens, Greece 28 June 2000
1500 metres 3:31.71 Rome, Italy 30 June 2000
Mile 3:50.26 Oslo, Norway 28 July 2000
2000 metres 5:04.35 Gateshead, England 19 July 1998
3000 metres 7:41.61 Stockholm, Sweden 22 July 2008
5000 metres 13:19.27 Walnut, CA, United States 13 April 2007


Coaching career[edit]

Sullivan is the men's distance & cross country head coach at University of Michigan.[6] In his first year, the Michigan Wolverines qualified for the NCAA Division 1 Cross Country Championships under his leadership.[7] Kevin took this position in 2014, after years of successful coaching at Florida State University where he assisted his wife coaching the women's distance team.[8] Kevin also coached at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Kevin Sullivan". Sports Reference, LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 2 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Official Men's Track Roster - Michigan Men's Track". MGoBlue.com. Retrieved 2016-08-20.
  3. ^ Adam Oestreich. "Kevin Sullivan". FloTrack.org. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2016-08-20.
  4. ^ "Profiles - Kevin Sullivan". Athletics Canada. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Kevin Sullivan | Profile". Iaaf.org. Retrieved 2016-08-20.
  6. ^ "Former Wolverine Sullivan Named Next Michigan Head Coach - Michigan Men's Cross Country". MGoBlue.com. Retrieved 2016-08-20.
  7. ^ Shryack, Lincoln (2014-11-22). "Kevin Sullivan's first year at Michigan a success". FloTrack.org. Archived from the original on 2015-07-09. Retrieved 2016-08-20.
  8. ^ "Kevin Sullivan | LinkedIn". www.linkedin.com. Archived from the original on 30 April 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2022.

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