Head Men's Soccer Coach
Erin Sullivan was named men's soccer coach at Williams College in December 2014. Sullivan, a native of nearby Voorheesville, N.Y.,returned to Williams after a successful career as the head coach at Western New England University (WNE) in Springfield. At WNE Sullivan also served as an Assistant Athletic Director and as the Golden Bears' Compliance Coordinator. He owned and operated the Western New England Soccer Academy, one of the largest youth soccer camps in Massachusetts.
In his 15 years as the head coach of the Golden Bears Sullivan posted a record of 207-96-37 (.663), ranking first all-time at WNE in wins and winning percentage. Sullivan was the first WNE coach to take the Golden Bears to the NCAA Division III Tournament and he did so eight times in his tenure, including a string of six straight appearances from 2004-09, posting an NCAA Tournament record of 8-6-2.
Three times Sullivan was named the Commonwealth Coast Conference Coach of the Year (2007, 2009, and 2011) and he was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year four times (2001, 2004, 2005, and 2006). In 2005 Sullivan was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America New England Region Coach of the Year and a Finalist for National Coach of the Year.
Prior to becoming the head coach at Western New England Sullivan served as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I St. John's University and previously at Cornell University and Lafayette College. Sullivan's head coaching career began at Delbarton School in Morristown, N.J. where he won the Northern Hills Conference, Morris County Tournament, and the New Jersey Parochial Class A Championship in 1997, compiling a record of 23-0-1.
Sullivan graduated from Williams in 1996 with a B.A. in English and history after backstopping two Eph teams that played in the NCAA Championship match, both times on the Ephs' Cole Field. In Sullivan's four undergraduate years in the Purple Valley the Ephs were 58-6-5 (.871) and 48-2-3 (.934) during his last three seasons in goal with two appearances in NCAA title games. Playing 3,821 minutes in goal in 46 appearances Sullivan fashioned a career goals against record of .495 and authored 21 clean sheets.
Starting in goal for the Ephs as a sophomore Sullivan relinquished just 11 goals in 18 contests as the Ephs delivered their first undefeated regular season (12-0-1) in 30 years and made their first NCAA Division III Tournament appearance. The Ephs made the most of that first trip to the NCAAs, advancing to and hosting the NCAA Championship match, but falling to UC San Diego 1-0. The Ephs went 16-1-1 in 1993. Two seasons later, Sullivan captained the Ephs to the 1995 NCAA title. The Ephs defeated Methodist College, stopping their undefeated run at 21 wins with a 2-1 win to claim the national title and finish the season undefeated at 17-0-2.
Sullivan was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-New England First Team in 1995 and a Senior Bowl selection. In 1992 Sullivan won the Ephs' coveted Henry N. Flynt '44 Freshman of the Year Award and in 1995 was named the winner of the Myles Fox Memorial soccer Trophy recognizing character, integrity, and leadership.
Sullivan has coached and directed numerous camps and clinics throughout the Northeast including Soccer Plus Goalkeeper School, Massachusetts Soccer Academy, Western New England Soccer Academy and more. He is currently the President and Director of The Soccer Academy at Williams LLC.
Sullivan earned his Masters of Business Administration from Western New England University in 2006.
Sullivan resides in Williamstown, MA with his wife Noelle and their three children Christian, Molly, and Patrick.