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Jim Sullivan
Jim  Sullivan

Volunteer Assistant

15th Year

Dr. Jim Sullivan joined the Penn State Department of Kinesiology in the fall of 2001 and teaches courses in human fitness appraisal, health and fitness and strength training. He earned his Ph.D. in exercise physiology in 1993 from Southern Illinois University, where he was formerly a varsity track and field athlete during his undergraduate years. He was a faculty member at Southern Illinois and Minnesota State prior to teaching overseas in Japan. He returned to a position as a strength and conditioning coach at Stanford, where he was in charge of the training programs for 24 teams. While at Stanford he worked as a consultant to an Internet startup company,, and eventually left Stanford to become the company's chief physiologist. Sullivan came to Penn State with his wife, Beth, in 1999 when she was appointed the head women's cross country and track and field coach. In his capacity as a volunteer coach with both the men's and women's programs, he works with the pole vaulters. In 2004, he helped guide Sara Daugherty to the Big Ten Indoor title and Big Ten runner-up honors in her sophomore season. Dougherty was an NCAA qualifier and holds the Penn State record at 13-5 1/2. In 2009, Sullivan helped John Vellenoweth to Penn State records during the indoor and outdoor seasons, as well as an appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. All told, Sullivan guided four Lion vaulters to the NCAA East Regional Championships.


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