Tom Sullivan

Tom Sullivan (born April 18, 1950)

Teams coached: New Hampshire College Penmen, Manhattan Jaspers, UMBC Retrievers
New Hampshire College record^: 152-99 (.606)
Manhattan record: 2-26 (.071)
UMBC record: 106-146 (.421)
Overall record^: 260-271 (.490)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • NEC Regular Season Champion:  1  (1999)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1995-2004 UMBC
1987-1994 Seton Hall (asst)
1985-1986 Manhattan
1976-1985 New Hampshire College
1975-1976 New Hampshire College (asst)
1973-1974 Hunter (asst)

Tom Sullivan Facts

  • Thomas Sullivan
  • Born April 18, 1950
  • Hometown: Bronx, New York City
  • Alma Mater: Fordham University (BA, 1972)
  • The Bronx-native played for four seasons at Fordham under head coaches Ed Conlin, Digger Phelps and Hal Wissel
    • Taken in the 1972 NBA Draft (ninth round) by the New York Knicks, but instead played professionally in Italy and Switzerland
  • Spent one year as an assistant at Hunter College (NY), then one year under P. J. Carlesimo at New Hampshire College
    • Took over as the head coach of what is now Southern New Hampshire, leading the Penmen for nine seasons
    • Went 152-99 overall, winning 20+ games three times, across seasons at both the D-II and D-III levels
    • Also served as the Athletic Director for the length of his time as head basketball coach
    • Inducted into the SNHU Penmen Athletics Hall of Fame in 1990
  • Was the head coach at Manhattan for one season, going just 2-26 (1-14 MAAC) before leaving in 1986
  • Left to join Carlesimo‘s staff at Seton Hall, working with the Pirates for the next seven seasons
  • Hired in 1995 to be the head coach at UMBC, leading the Retrievers for nine seasons
    • Compiled a 106-146 record overall, highlighted by three 18+ win seasons between 1998 and 2002
    • The Retrievers won the NEC title in 1999, the program’s first Division I conference title
    • Resigned in 2004 after winning just 7 games in each of the previous two seasons

Tom Sullivan Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I, Division II and Division II levels