Everick Sullivan, a former associate head coach at Eastern Kentucky, with 11 years of experience as a collegiate basketball coach, has spent the previous two seasons with the Georgia State Panthers under head coach Ron Hunter.
"I continue to be excited and eager to be a part of this new era of Georgia State athletics," commented Sullivan. "I have known Coach Hunter for many years and not only has he done things the right way, he has been able to win and graduate student-athletes."
In his two seasons, Sullivan’s impact with the Panthers’ post players has been immense. In his first season, Eric Buckner blocked shots per game average (3.47) was sixth best in the nation as the senior was voted to the All-CAA Third Team CAA All-Defensive Team after setting a school record with 118 blocked shots.
This past season, James Vincent went from a rarely used back-up to starting 24 games and blocking 70 shots, third most in school history. Vincent tripled his minutes per game, doubled his rebounding average and averaged the most points ever in his four-year career. Following the season, he was voted to the CAA All-Defensive Team for the first time in his career. Buckner and Vincent finished their careers, one and two respectively, as Georgia State’s all-time leading shot blockers.
Before joining the Panthers in 2011, Sullivan spent three seasons with Eastern Kentucky and helped guide the Colonels to 53 wins during his stint, where he spent two seasons as an assistant before being promoted to associate head coach in his final season.
"Everick has a wonderful reputation as both an assistant coach and a head coach,” commented head coach Ron Hunter upon his hiring. “He did a great job as a coach at Eastern Kentucky and was well respected as a head coach at Vincennes (Ind.) University. His recruiting skills and knowledge have been valuable as we continue to build our Georgia State program."
During the 2009-10 season, Eastern Kentucky held the sixth longest winning streak in the country at 19 consecutive home games and made an appearance in the Collegiate Basketball Invitational (CBI) Postseason Tournament.
During the 2008-09 season, the Colonels had the number-one three-point shooter in the nation, Mike Rose (48.2%). Eastern Kentucky was among the top 20 nationally in three-pointers made (10.2-second), three-point shooting percentage (39.6-17th), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.42-eighth) and fewest turnovers per game (11.0-seventh).
The Colonels also went 3-0 against Mid-American Conference schools that season, including a 69-57 win over Akron, who went on to win the MAC Championship and appear in the NCAA Tournament.
In his last two seasons with Eastern Kentucky, The Colonels were among the top 10 in the NCAA in three-point shooting percentage, ranked second nationally in three-pointers made (10), assist-to- turnover ratio (+1.63) and third in fewest turnovers per game (9.6).
Sullivan also has proved himself as a capable game-scout as he was responsible for Colonels wins over a pair of NCAA Tournament teams, Indiana State and Morehead State. The win over Morehead State ended MSU's 22-game home court winning streak and 24-game OVC home court winning streak. Eastern Kentucky also won three consecutive BracketBuster games against Ball State, Ohio and Winthrop.
Prior to his three-year stint with Eastern Kentucky, Sullivan spent the four years as a head coach while compiling an impressive overall record of 107-26 (.804) record. From 2005-08, Sullivan was in charge of the Vincennes (Ind.) University program and helped the Trailblazers advance to two National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) tournament appearances.
In 2005-06, his team was ranked the ninth best defense in the nation. He recruited and graduated 92% of all his student-athletes with 22 of his 24 players moving on to four-year institutions. In 2004-05, Sullivan served one year as the head coach at Lincoln Trial College (Ill.), where he finished with a 28-5 record. He was named Region & District Coach of the Year multiple times during his head coaching career.
He began his coaching career at Wabash Valley College (Ill.), spending both the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons with the program.
The native of Simpsonville, S.C., played collegiate basketball at the University of Louisville under Hall of Fame head coach Denny Crum from 1988-92. Sullivan played in three NCAA Tournaments and is among the Cardinals' all-time leaders in scoring (15th), assists (ninth), three-point percentage (10th) and dunks (10th).
After earning a bachelor's degree in communications, Sullivan went on to play eight years of professional basketball in Finland, Portugal, Slovenia, Poland, Puerto Rico, Cyprus and Lebanon. In 1998, his team won the Cyprus league championship and he was voted MVP.
Sullivan and his fiancee Michelle, have a daughter, Ellery, born February 24, 2012.