Jeremy Sullivan joins Oregon State women’s soccer staff
Corvallis, Ore. (Via Oregon State University) – Oregon State University first-year head women’s soccer coach Matt Kagan announced Thursday the addition of Jeremy Sullivan as an assistant coach.
Sullivan arrives at OSU after serving the last year as a volunteer assistant at Mississippi State. In addition, he spent 11 seasons at Austin Peay as an assistant and, later, associate head coach.
“I am so happy Jeremy is joining me here in Corvallis,” said Kagan. “In Jeremy, I am adding a man of the highest integrity and character. He is someone I trust wholeheartedly, and I couldn’t be happier to have him on my staff.
When I thought about my needs as I put together my first staff, I realized I needed someone who is an elite communicator, great with the players and someone I simply enjoy being around daily. Jeremy fits these things to a tee. He is one of the best goalkeeper trainers I know. He transformed our goalkeeper corps at Mississippi State and is a major reason we made the NCAA Tournament a year ago.”
While at Mississippi State, Sullivan led the goalkeepers to 58 saves and eight shutouts in 2018. At Austin Peay, Sullivan played a large role in recruiting the 2010 class that produced the program’s first OVC Freshman of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year, Tatiana Ariza.
“I am extremely excited about getting the chance to coach at Oregon State and in the Pac-12,” said Sullivan. “It’s always been a dream of mine to coach at this level. I can’t thank Matt and everyone here at Oregon State enough for this opportunity.
Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to watch Matt’s career grow and be successful wherever he has been. I’m excited to get to learn more from Matt while helping the Beavers grow into the team we know they can be.”
Sullivan played collegiately at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Ala., where the Lions finished ranked No. 15 in the nation his sophomore season. Sullivan then transferred to Jacksonville State and completed his degree in recreation administration while serving as a student assistant coach.
He became a graduate assistant at Belmont University in 2005 where he coached the Bruins’ goalkeepers while earning his master’s degree in education.
“For me, coaching the goalkeepers will be about a consistency in training,” said Sullivan. “The more I can instill in them a solid foundation and techniques, the more success and confidence they will have.
It’s about creating an environment where the goalkeepers can be challenged in how they do things while always looking for what works best for them individually. This will allow them to grow in their position.”
Sullivan joins Beaver Nation with his wife, Jessica, and their two daughters Lyla and Remi.