• 16-time Big Ten champion & 14-time NCAA All-American
  • 3-time Olympian (2000, '04, '08), still owns 4 Canadian records

Kevin Sullivan

The vision of this program involves building well-rounded athletes who can compete both in cross country and on the track by taking an individualized approach to training our athletes. Our training will be a multi-pace training program working all energy systems throughout the year, with total volumes determined by running and injury history. In addition, we believe in a strong foundation of strength and conditioning, general strength, flexibility and mobility. All training programs are designed by Coach Sullivan on a periodized schedule with specific mesocycle and microcycles designed for the athlete to perform at their peak during the championships phase of the season.

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Coach Bio

A Brantford, Ontario, native, Kevin Sullivan is the most decorated runner in Michigan history, and has returned to his alma mater to helm the men’s cross country program.

Sullivan was a 16-time Big Ten champion, 14-time NCAA All-American and four-time Academic All-American at Michigan, capturing four NCAA titles.

After graduating with a degree in civil engineering, Sullivan went on to a professional career where he competed in three Olympic Games, including a fifth-place showing at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, had 22 World Championship appearances (indoor, outdoor, cross country) and achieved personal bests of 3:31.71 (1500m), 3:50.26 (mile), 7:40.17 (3000m), and 13:19.27 (5000m). He still holds Canadian records in the outdoor 1,500-meter, mile and 3,000-meter runs as well as the indoor 3,000-meter race.

After his competitive career ended, Sullivan coached at the University of Illinois and Florida State University as an assistant before returning to U-M. There, he helped coach 13 conference champion teams in cross country and track.

Fun Fact

Coach Sullivan was one of only three athletes in Big Ten history to have won four Big Ten cross country titles.

Career Highlights

  • Has Coached 33 All-Americans
  • 3 National Champions
  • 28 Conference Champions
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Assistant Coaches

Dusty Lopez

Assistant Coach

A Trout Lake, Washington, native, Dusty Lopez ran at Division-III Williams (1997-2001), earning All-America status in outdoor track. From there, Lopez spent time as a graduate assistant at Syracuse, where he earned a Master’s in journalism from the prestigious S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications (2004) before becoming the head coach at Webster University in St. Louis, where he coached the Division-III national champion in 2005. When he moved to Michigan in 2011, Lopez began working with the U-M men’s program, and he remains a valuable component of both the track and field and cross country coaching staffs, working with the team’s distance runners.