August 25, 2010

Former Blue Jay Leads Wheelock Women

from press release

BOSTON -- Wheelock College has hired Elizabeth Sullivan as its first women's lacrosse head coach, Director of Athletics and Sport-Based Initiatives Diana Cutaia announced on Tuesday. An experienced lacrosse coach and instructor, Sullivan played collegiately for a Division I program at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

"I am very much looking forward to joining the Wheelock community," said Sullivan, whose squad begins its first varsity campaign during the spring. "I know that there will be a lot of excitement around this inaugural season, and it will be great to be a part of that. I'm excited to build a roster of women who will comprise the college's first women's lacrosse team."

Sullivan provides a strong background as a lacrosse instructor, having coached for four years on Long Island at the MVP Lacrosse Camp for girls between sixth and 12th grade and working for two years at a girls' lacrosse camp at her alma mater, Kellenberg Memorial High School, in Uniondale, N.Y. In the Boston area, Sullivan has coached seventh and eighth graders through Brookline Youth Lacrosse.

"What really struck me with Elizabeth is that her philosophy is so in line with ours," said Cutaia. "In addition to wanting her student-athletes to be successful on the field, she has a genuine commitment to them being whole people. She also has a remarkable lacrosse background, from playing on Long Island, a hotbed of lacrosse, to playing at Johns Hopkins, and has translated that success to her professional career. Elizabeth will be a tremendous role model to our student-athletes."

A three-year member of the Blue Jays, Sullivan helped the squad make the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament title game each season, winning the championship in 2001. Johns Hopkins posted a 33-20 mark during the defender's career. Sullivan, a Dean's List student who graduated with a degree in political science in 2003, earned a Juris Doctor degree at Boston's New England Law in 2007 after also drawing Dean's List honors.

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