Mark Sullivan
Soccer, Hockey, Coach
​Inducted in 2012
Mark Sullivan has had a tremendous impact on the town of Suffield through his endeavors in athletics.  Mark participated in three high school state championship games between 1978 and 1980, and was a key member of championship teams in both soccer and hockey.  He then went on to play soccer at the Division I level.  After his playing career ended, Mark continued to have an impact on Suffield by coaching youth soccer as well as participating in a variety of town endeavors.

 Mark grew up in an athletic family and began to play sports at an early age.  He was the captain of the town's first recreational travel soccer team, and was also one of the early participants in the Suffield Flyers youth hockey organization and a Little League Baseball all-star.  His athletic prowess, as well as his outstanding leadership qualities, really became evident once he entered Suffield High School.  He was a starter on the soccer team as a freshman, and that same year he assisted on the tying goal and then scored the winning goal (in overtime) in the quarterfinals of the state tournament.  In Mark's junior year Suffield won the State Class M Championship.  As a senior, he missed most of the regular season because of a broken leg but was able to make it back to the team and did play in state title game in which Suffield lost to Farmington by a 2-1 score.  Despite playing only half the year, he earned first team honors on the All NCCC team.

Mark was also a key member of the SHS ice hockey team as a 3-year starter and senior assistant captain.  The team lost in the Division II state semifinals his sophomore year but won the state title the following season.  In his senior year, the team was forced to play in Division I yet still made it all the way to the state semifinals before losing to powerful Amity 2-1.

 Following graduation, Mark moved on to Division I college soccer at the University of Rhode Island where he was a midfielder on the nationally ranked Rams team.  He transferred the following year to the University of Hartford where he was a three-year starter and one of their key offensive performers.  He was named All Conference his junior and senior years  and was named to the Division I All New England team as a senior.

 Since graduating college, Mark has been heavily involved in coaching youth soccer.  He also founded the Glenn Packard Foundation in 1992 which has helped raise and donate more than $200,000 towards the betterment of sports programs in Suffield.  Additionally, he's been involved in countless other volunteer and charitable organizations in town.  Most recently, Mark has travelled to Haiti where he helped supply dental services and  helped fund and equip their youth soccer program.  He is truly one of Suffield's outstanding citizens and has had a tremendous impact on the town both on and off the sports fields.