Coach Sullivan enters his 1st year at Lake Park and his 6th year in Track and Field. Before Lake Park he was working under national hall of fame coach Ken Jakalski, at Lisle Senior High School as the assistant track coach and assistant cross country coach. At Lisle Senior High School Coach Sullivan developed his skills in sprint mechanics, distance training, and he helped develop individualized training programs and goals for the students.
His experience with high intensity training through data collection and metrics helps athletes run at their maximum ability. In conjunction to speed training, Coach Sullivan believes that good form allows runners to deliver higher forces into the ground allowing them to have lower contact time and greater stride length. Previously Coach Sullivan followed a VDOT distance training program for race pace projections developed by coach Jack Daniels.
Coach Sullivan prepares athletes for competition with isolated workout routines in the weight room. I feel that the athletes need to be strong on the track allowing them to apply higher forces into the ground allowing athletes greater stride lengths and less contact time. I also feel the lighter you are less effort one will need to defy gravity. So we advocated students eat responsibly in the season so they can compete at their optimal levels. Last year Coach Sullivan helped developed state bound athletes using this track philosophy of high intensity training, losing weight and gaining strength.
This year he is coaching the boys Long Jump and Triple Jump events here at Lake Park High School. As the new assistant boys long jump and triple jump coach he plans on following Coach Kaberna’s coaching philosophy and style. Along with Coach Kaberna he believes that the best way to improve student athletes on the track is to coach technique. Through drills and video reviews athletes will receive feedback on a daily basis. He is looking forward to getting the jumpers into the pits and begin working on technique to improve their ability to jump further than they ever have before.
Coach Sullivan teaches Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Principles of Engineering (POE) and Engineering Precision Machining at West campus. His personal hobbies include biking, golfing, skiing, snowboarding, swimming, barbecuing, and going to the ocean. He is looking forward to coaching at Lake Park High School this upcoming season.