The 2008 USA Boys’ Select A1 Camp and Competition consists of 40 athletes and eight coaches who will fly to Tucson, Ariz., on July 17, train for five days, then break into four teams and compete in the U.S. High Performance Championship, which runs through July 27.
Sullivan will be the head coach for the squad and will have plenty of help from some of the top coaches from around the country as his assistants. Sullivan's assistants will be Ken Shibuya (Stanford University), Shane Davis (Loyola University of Chicago), Travis Turner (Orange Coast College), JT Wenger (UCLA), Brad Keller (USC), Jonah Carson (UC Santa Cruz) and Matt Diaz (Pacific Palisades Volleyball Club).
"It is always an honor to represent USA Volleyball," said Sullivan. "Directing the select camp with the top 15- and 16-year old players in the country is no exception."
In his tenth season as head coach, Sullivan recently led the Pride to its fifth national championship, and the fourth with him as head coach, by winning the 2008 Molten Invitational Championship tournament on April 12, 2008. The Pride beat Vassar College in three games in the finals, after downing Juniata College in four in the semifinals. The Pride were ranked first in the final 2008 CBS College Sports Network/AVCA Division III Men’s Coaches Top 15 Poll, and were ranked in the top five all season. Under Sullivan's direction, Springfield became just the sixth team to be ranked in the top spot of the first poll of the season, and go on to win the Molten Championship. Sullivan is now 139-112 in his 10 seasons at Springfield.
Sullivan has also spent time as an assistant with the United States National Team. In November, he traveled to Japan for the 2007 FIVB World Cup. Sullivan previously worked in the same capacity for the 2006 World Championships, which were also held in Japan. He also helped the U.S. record a third-place finish in the 2007 World League tournament, their best finish since 1992, when they also finished third.