WILMINGTON, N.C. – Pat Sullivan, a member of UNC Chapel Hill's 1993 national championship team with coaching experience at his alma mater and most recently Middle Tennessee State, has been named assistant women's basketball coach at UNC Wilmington.
The 29-year-old Sullivan joins second-year head coach Ann Hancock's staff, leaving the Seahawk coach with one position left to fill.
"I am delighted Pat's going to be part of our staff," said Hancock. "His experience and basketball knowledge will certainly give our program a boost. Obviously, he learned a great deal from Coach (Dean) Smith and Coach (Bill) Guthridge. I think he can teach and guide from experience and that means a lot. He will help our post players especially, and brings a vast knowledge of basketball to the table."
A native of Bogota, N.J., Sullivan was a prep standout at Bogota High School and played for the Tar Heels from 1991-95. During that span, UNC-CH won the national title in 1993 and participated in two other Final Fours in 1991 and 1995.
Following his playing career, Sullivan served as head boy's basketball coach at Hale High School in Raleigh, N.C., for one season and then joined the Tar Heel program as an administrative assistant for two years.
After spending time as co-director of the Carolina Basketball School for two seasons, he accepted a full-time assistant's post at his alma mater. He spent four years on the bench for the Tar Heels and was responsible for scouting, recruiting and on-the-floor coaching.
Sullivan worked one year as an area scout for the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA before moving on to Middle Tennessee State to assist former UNC-CH assistant Randy Wiel.
"This is a great opportunity for me," said Sullivan. "Coach Hancock has been a part of several ACC championships and a national championship. That was a big factor in my decision. She's very knowledgeable about the game and is a great young coach. I'm looking forward to being a part of the Wilmington community."