Mason's Swim Coach, Mark Sullivan, Named OHSSCA Coach of the Year

09/28/2016

Mason head swimming and diving coach, Mark Sullivan, has been named the Ohio High School Swim Coaches Association, Coach of the Year for 2016 (Neil Skinner Award).  The OHSSCA recognizes coaching achievements that include longevity, service, ethics and integrity. These awards are awarded to and voted on by members of the association.  

His illustrious Mason head swimming and diving coach, Mark Sullivan, has been named the Ohio High School Swim Coaches Association, Coach of the Year for 2016 (Neil Skinner Award).  The OHSSCA recognizes coaching achievements that include longevity, service, ethics and integrity. These awards are awarded to and voted on by members of the association.  

His illustrious career includes winning a boys state title at St. Xavier in 1984 and a Sycamore girls state title in 1992.  Sullivan has coached numerous individual state champions during his 36 years as a head coach and seen many of his athletes achieve All-American, All-Ohio status and go on to successful college swimming careers.  His Mason girls teams have dominated the GMC since entering the league in 2007, winning 9 consecutive league titles, while the boys teams have won the conference 4 times, finishing 2nd four other seasons.  He has been named the GMC coach of the year 4 times for the boys and 6 times for the girls.  Mark also headed efforts to start the schools diving program, middle school program and the high school water polo program.  His Girls Water Polo team won a state title in 2013.  

Mark is physical education teacher at Mason High School and was born and raised in Akron.  He graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 1980.  Mark coached in the Youngstown area for three years, then moved on to coach St. Xavier High School from 1983-1988.  He then moved to Sycamore schools where he won numerous championships and was the head coach for 15 years before coming to Mason in 2003.

Article contributed by: Dan Hilen, Mason Sports Information Director