David Sullivan
Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Coach
​Inducted in 2003
Maybe it’s in the genes…the son of legendary athlete and coach Danny Sullivan, David has carved his own unique niche in the annals of Suffield athletics. Achieving outstanding success as both an athlete and a coach, he first came into prominence as a freshman soccer player in 1981 when he scored the only goal in Suffield’s State Championship win over Valley Regional. Dave started varsity for four years, was the leading scorer on the team for three of those years, and was captain in both his junior and senior years. His exploits earned him All NCCC honors for three years and All State honors for two years.

In his four- year varsity career in basketball, Dave was captain in 1985 when the Wildcats captured their second State Basketball Championship in school history. He was the play- maker averaging just over seven points per game for a very talented quintet that finished 27-1. Dave also played varsity baseball for three years where he was captain for his final two years. He earned All NCCC recognition as a junior and senior. Capping his 11-letter athletic career, David received the Meade Alcorn Outstanding Athlete Award in 1985.

Following high school graduation, David went on to Boston College on a soccer scholarship and played for the Eagles for four years. He led the team in scoring for three years, was All Big East as a sophomore, and traveled to Europe to play as a member of the PUMA USA East Regional All Stars. For two years after college, he played semi-pro soccer for the Moodus Rowdies.

In 1990, David began coaching soccer (first boys and now girls) at Suffield High School. In 1991, his boys team copped the fifth boys State Championship in Suffield High history and the first since Dave’s playing days in 1981! Following a four year hiatus, he returned to coach the girls soccer team and has led the girls to State Championships in 1998, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2009, and 2010. The 1998 Crown was the first ever State Title for any SHS girls athletic team!  In addition Coach Sullivan has had several of his players receive soccer scholarships to Division I colleges.

Outside of his high school coaching role, Dave has been active in the Suffield Parks and Recreation Commission as a member, vice chairman, and coach as well as coaching Suffield youth teams for the Soccer Club, Little League, and Travel Basketball.