Former Spartan Softball standout pitcher and current Head Coach, Kristen Sullivan was inducted into the St. Thomas Aquinas College Alumni Hall of Fame during ceremonies held on Friday evening at the Park Ridge Marriott in New Jersey.
On hand to see Sullivan's Hall of Fame induction were her husband Keith, sons Kyle and Kasey and daughter Taylor, who is a current member of the Spartan Softball team. In addition, several of Kristen's former STAC teammates and current team captains; Ashley Landolina, Kelcy McGeehan and Alyssa Farr were in attendance to celebrate Kristen's honor.
Sullivan's name is synonymous with St. Thomas Aquinas College's women's softball program.
For parts of the past four decades, Kristen has been a central figure of the Spartans and rates as one of the college's finest all-time players. She is currently the head coach of the team.
After throwing three no-hitters at Suffern High School, she came to STAC as the program's most prized recruit and proceeded to register a brilliant four years as a pitcher and first baseman. Her play for the Spartans was nothing short of sensational. She pitched an amazing seven no-hitters, including the only perfect game in STAC softball history, and led the Spartans to some of their most successful seasons in the 45 years since the program was established. Their combined record in her junior and senior seasons was 40-13.
She finished her career with some startling statistics. Her four-year earned run average was 2.31 and finished with 27 career wins, the fourth highest in college history. She batted an amazing .488 in the 1988 season and finished her career with an impressive .346 average. Kristen is the only player in STAC history to receive first-team All-Conference and first-team All-District in all four years of her playing career.
Kristen now begins her fifth season in her second tour of duty as the program's head coach. Her coaching career began immediately after graduation in 1990 when she served as the team's assistant coach. She became the co-head coach in 1997 and was named the Central Athletic Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year in 1998.
At the same time, she also started STAC's women's soccer program in 1994, initiating a program that is successfully running today. She served as the team's head coach for three years before concentrating on softball.
In 1999, Kristen took time off from coaching to start a family and later returned as the pitching coach for the Spartans in 2011 before moving into the head coach role again in 2015. Sullivan is one of the region's most respected private pitching coaches for softball players ages 7-22. More than 20 of her students have received college scholarships. In addition, she led the Hudson Valley Hurricanes travel softball team to the prestigious 2014 PONY National championship in the 14U division as well as state titles in New York and New Jersey.
Kristen's remarkable softball career has earned inductions into three other Hall of Fames – Suffern High School Hall of Fame, Rockland County Softball Hall of Fame and the Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame.
Kristen received her B.S. in social science from STAC, went on to earn her teaching certification and holds a Master's in education from Iona College.
Joining Kristen in the 2019 St. Thomas Aquinas College Alumni Hall of Fame Class were:
Dr. Patricia Broderick, O.P. '63
Ms. Joanne Loniewski Favata '81
Mr. Scott White '91
Sr. Barbara Wright '69
In addition, the 2019 Spartan Award Hall of Fame Inductees were:
Sisters of Charity