Everick Sullivan, a former associate head coach at Eastern Kentucky with 12 years of experience as a collegiate basketball coach, has spent the previous four seasons with the Georgia State Panthers under head coach Ron Hunter.
In his four seasons, Sullivan’s impact with the Panthers has been immense, guiding Georgia State to 87 wins, the most in any four-year stretch in program history.
His tenure was highlighted this past year by a 25-win season, Sun Belt regular season and tournament title, along with a win over No. 3-seed Baylor in the NCAA tournament as the Panthers advanced to the third round for just the second time in school history.
The Panthers have won 25 games in each of the last two seasons, one of just 20 programs to accomplish the feat. Georgia State has won back-to-back Sun Belt regular season championships, go go along with a tournament title in 2015 and a Postseason NIT appearance in 2014.
Before joining the Panthers in 2011, Sullivan spent three seasons with Eastern Kentucky and helped the Colonels to 53 wins, when he spent two seasons as an assistant before being promoted to associate head coach in his final season.
In his last two seasons with Eastern Kentucky, the Colonels were among the top 10 in the NCAA in 3-point shooting percentage, ranked second nationally in 3-pointers made (10), assist-to-turnover ratio (+1.63) and third in fewest turnovers per game (9.6).
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). 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 percent of all his student-athletes with 22 of his 24 players moving on to four-year institutions. In 2004-05, Sullivan served as the head coach at Lincoln Trial (Ill.) College, where he finished with a 28-5 record. He was named region and district coach of the year multiple times during his head coaching career.
He began his coaching career at Wabash Valley (Ill.) College, spending both the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons with the program.
The native of Simpsonville, S.C., played collegiate basketball at 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), 3-point percentage (10th) and dunks (10th).
Sullivan earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Louisville. He 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 Feb. 24, 2012.