Dean. M. Sullivan former NCAA Head Coach: Welcome
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Welcome to a Fast Pitch Softball informational web site!
My name is Dean Sullivan
I am a former N.C.A.A. Division II Pitching Coach, a former N.C.A.A. Division II Hitting Coach, and a former N.C.A.A. Division II Head Coach for Indiana Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I am also a former N.C.A.A. Division I Pitching Coach for Oakland University in Alburn Hills, Michigan. I have been a Pitching Coach and consultant for High Schools in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Texas, Michigan and at present time Saint James High School in South Carolina. Over my 50 plus years of coaching I have been the Head Coach for Softball and Baseball teams and programs at many different levels ( Little League Baseball U12 / Babe Ruth Travel Baseball 14U, 16U, and 18U / ASA, NSA, AFA, and USSSA Travel Softball, 12U, 14U, 16U, and 18U / High School Softball / and College Softball ).
I have been the Davison High School Softball Head Coach for 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007. Davison High School is located northeast of Flint in Michigan. The Head Coach for Burton Bendle High School for 2008, and 2009. The Head Softball Coach at Bentley High School in Burton, Michigan for 2010, 2011, and 2012. The Head Softball Coach at LakeVille High Scholl located in Otisville Michigan. Currently the Pitching Coach for Saint James High School in South Carolina.
On the Softball travel circuit I have been a Coach and the Head Coach for several A.S.A. Class “A” Fast Pitch Travel Teams, such as the Pennsylvania Middletown Blue Devils 12U, 14U, the Pennsylvania Middletown Pony Express 14U, and 16U, the Indiana Rockets 16U, and 18U, the Texas Mansfield Storm 16U. A former Assistant Coach with the Michigan Oakland Splash 16U, and 18U and then with the Michigan Finesse 16U. A Head Coach for the Mayhem Fastpitch 16U, 18U and 14U.
My career at General Motors has driven many relocations and has taken my family and I to more than a few states, as you can see. I am retired now from GM. So Softball is my passion. All that background information has one thing in mind and that is to convince you to say tuned and browse the site and of course give me some feed back or say leave a note to say Hi in the guess book link. Please. Also to convince you that I have some worth while information to share with you and at no cost other than your time to review the information that I have taken the time to post.
I have built and continue to update this web page and site as my time permits, in an effort to pass on to you my love for the game, some of my experience and some of the knowledge that took years to acquire. I have come to love the game, and want to share the experience and, the knowledge that I have gained over years of coaching in the dirt as well as, well the hours and hours of resarch and classes. Not to mention the clinics, books and videos that i have atended attend and read. My goal and intention here is to shorten some learning curves, your learning curve and in doing so, I believe that I will have in a small way given back to the sport and game that I love so much. As well as just promoting the game of fast pitch softball. The folks that I have had the pleasure of learning from, teaching, coaching, and talking with are all a part of that experience and knowledge that I am willing to share.
In the LINKS section you will find hot links that will take you to other softball web sites that I believe to be extremely worth your time and effort to view. Like the NCAA home page and the ASA home page just to mention two. You can review the web sites posted just by clicking on the Links hot link on the left side of this page. Check it out! Tell me what you think and, let me know about any other web sites that you think I should add for the benifit of others and our sport.
I have posted in the HANDOUTS section on the left hand side of the page information, teaching guides, playing tips, drills, and much more. I have also posted one of my speaking outlines which has been highly requested, at camps, clinics, and places where I have been asked to speak. It is a talk on the time line of events for a freshman, a sophomore, a junior, and as a senior to prepare for college play. You can review the information posted just by clicking on the Handouts hot link. Tell me what you think. Drop me a note with ideas, things you would like to see as a hand out for others to benefit from.
You can reach me by either of the following two methods. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. My phone number is 810-240-5579. Thank you for your time as that is the most precious gift one can give another.
I have come to learn over the years, that the only fair thing in life is the ball hit between first and third. So keep an open mind and learn from anyone and everyone you can as I have and will continue to do.
Please take a few moments and sign the guess book while you are here. Feel free to leave me a note or any comments about the site that you may have. I would love to hear from you. This would make an old coach very happy. I know we all want to make a difference as do I.
I have been ask many times, so yes, I do give private, pitching, catching, or hitting lessons in the Conway south Carolina, area in the High School off season ( September though February ). I am also willing to put on clinics or be part of clinics for leagues, coaches, or teams. I will even come to a team practice to cover some topic that your team might want help with. Which means I can only take a few students new on each year? The majority of my time is dedicated to the school program for which I am a part of and, for me that is 24/7 365. Players that have played for me and the players that are playing for me now will tell you that as well.
Being a coach is like riding a rollorcoaster. The highs are very high and the lows are very low, with a heck of a ride in between. Loved one day hated the next. However it is worth the cost when a player says thank you coach. Or calls you years after you were their coach just to let you know what they are up to or ask a question or for your opinion. When you see a sparkle in the eyes when a player achieves what they thought they could not and you helped them get there. It is the greatest profession in the greatest game in the world, bar none.
** Now for some motovaional quotes to think about and use to help you on your journey **
"Always remember if you are coasting you are most likely going down hill."
(Practice as much and as often as you can)
"Even if you are on the right track, if you are just sitting there, you will get run over."
(Practice the right things, the things you are not good at. That is the only way to improve)
"Spectacular events on the playing field are always preceded by unspectacular preparation."
(Practice hard and even when others have quit and gone home)
And one that I really like " we do today what others will not so we can do tomorrow what others cannot"
Best of luck
and if some day should our paths cross, please tap me on the shoulder and say hi!
Coach Dean Sullivan
Centerfield (Let's Go!)