- Kevin O’Sullivan
Head Coach – Ninth Season at Florida
- Record at Florida entering 2016: 344-173, .665
- NCAA College World Series Appearances – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015
- SEC Champions – 2010, 2011, 2014
- SEC Tournament Champions – 2011, 2015
- SEC Eastern Division Champions – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014
- School-Record Eight Consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearances
- 2011 Baseball America College Coach of the Year
- 2010 & 2014 SEC Coach of the Year
Now in his ninth season at the University of Florida, Kevin O’Sullivan and his staff have transformed the Gators into one of the marquee programs in college baseball.
During a tenure which has been marked by tireless recruiting and fundamental coaching, he has overseen a progression up the national ladder by the Orange and Blue that has been punctuated by four trips to the NCAA College World Series in the past six years, highlighted by a runner-up performance in 2011, three Southeastern Conference titles in the past six years (2010-11-14), as well as eight NCAA Tournaments in a row and four SEC Eastern Division crowns.
People often pointed to the stretch of 1996-98 as the best run in Gator history since those teams were a combined 136-60 (.694) with CWS appearances in 1996 and 1998, a pair of SEC titles (’96 and ’98) and three SEC East trophies. However, O’Sullivan’s three teams from 2010-12 were 147-56 (.724) with three-straight CWS appearances for the first time in school history, three-straight NCAA Regional and Super Regional crowns, consecutive SEC Championships and a pair of SEC Eastern Division titles in ’10 and ’11 and the league’s tournament championship in 2011.
O’Sullivan has had 61 players taken in the Major League Baseball Draft since his arrival at UF and the Gators’ total of 48 selections in the last six Drafts leads the SEC and is the second-highest total nationally. In fact, eight members of the 2010 club have already reached the Major Leagues: left-hander Kevin Chapman (Houston Astros), outfielder Matt den Dekker (New York Mets), right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (Miami Marlins), left-hander Brian Johnson (Boston Red Sox), left-hander Nick Maronde (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), left-hander Paco Rodriguez (Los Angeles Dodgers), outfielder Preston Tucker (Houston Astros) and catcher Mike Zunino (Seattle Mariners).
Rodriguez was the first player from the 2012 MLB Draft to reach the Majors, while Zunino became the first position player to reach baseball’s highest level. Florida boasts four first-round selections in the last four years (Zunino at No. 3 to the Seattle Mariners and Johnson at No. 31 to the Boston Red Sox in 2012, right-hander Jonathon Crawford at No. 20 to the Detroit Tigers in 2013 and shortstop Richie Martin at No. 20 to the Oakland A’s in 2015) and has had nine players taken within the first three rounds of the last five Drafts.
The Gators enjoyed a tremendous season in 2015, claiming the SEC Tournament and sweeping both the Regional and Super Regionals held at McKethan Stadium in making a triumphant return to Omaha and finishing one win shy of the CWS Championship Finals. The No. 4 national seed for the NCAA Tournament, Florida has been a top-8 national seed in six of the past seven seasons (No. 8 in 2009, No. 3 in 2010, No. 2 in 2011, No. 1 in 2012, No. 2 in 2014, No. 4 in 2015) – the highest amount in the country in that time frame.
O’Sullivan directed the squad to a 52-18 record, the second-most victories in school history, Florida placed third in the final polls and ousted Sunshine State rivals Florida State and Miami from the postseason in the same year for the first time in school history. UF boasted a trio of All-Americans: outfielder Harrison Bader, catcher/designated hitter JJ Schwarz and third baseman Josh Tobias, while second baseman Dalton Guthrie, catcher/designated hitter Mike Rivera and Schwarz were recognized as Freshman All-Americans. Schwarz was the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) National Freshman Hitter of the Year and was Louisville Slugger’s Co-Freshman of the Year and the rookie joined left-hander A.J. Puk, outfielder Buddy Reed and right-hander Logan Shore on the USA Collegiate National Team last summer.
Florida set a school record with a .984 fielding percentage, the second-best clip in NCAA history, and was 12-3 (.800) during the postseason – 8-2 (.800) in the NCAA Tournament and 4-1 (.800) at the SEC Tournament. Continuing the pipeline to the professional ranks, UF had nine players chosen in the MLB Draft. After Martin was a first-round selection, Bader went in the third round to St. Louis and was followed by right-hander Eric Hanhold (sixth round, Milwaukee), left-hander Danny Young (eighth round, Toronto), right-hander Taylor Lewis (ninth round, Atlanta), Tobias (10th round, Philadelphia), left-hander Bobby Poyner (14th round, Boston), right-hander Mike Vinson (24th round, Detroit) and right-hander Aaron Rhodes (28th round, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim). Nine student-athletes were named to the 2015 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll, giving Florida 80 Academic All-SEC recipients under O’Sullivan. Guthrie was chosen to the 2014-15 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll, bringing O’Sullivan’s total of honorees to 36.
2014 proved to be another strong campaign for the Orange and Blue, as O’Sullivan guided Florida to its third SEC crown in the past five seasons and was honored by his peers as the SEC Coach of the Year for the second time. He became the fourth skipper from Florida to earn the award multiple times, joining Dave Fuller (1952-56-62), Jack Rhine (1982-83) and Joe Arnold (1984-88). The Gators claimed a school-record 12 league outings in a row from April 12-May 9 and finished with a 21-9 conference mark, including sweeps of No. 4 LSU, Georgia, Missouri and No. 20 Alabama.
At 40-23, UF reached the 40-win plateau for the fifth time in O’Sullivan’s tenure. The Gators were 8-1 (.889) against top-five teams, highlighted by a season sweep of No. 1 Florida State for the second time in three years, and went 10-4 (.714) versus top-10 foes. The squad was an impressive 16-7 (.696) in contests decided by one run and notched 23 victories over teams ranked in the top 50 of the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI).
Shore was chosen as Perfect Game’s National Freshman of the Year and as the SEC Freshman of the Year, becoming the third Gator in O’Sullivan’s tenure to receive the league honor following Preston Tucker (2009) and Austin Maddox (2010). Shore was a consensus Freshman All-American and earned third-team All-America status from Louisville Slugger, while catcher Taylor Gushue was a second-team All-American from Louisville Slugger.
Shore became just the third starting pitcher from Florida to earn first-team All-SEC in the past 11 years, joining Justin Hoyman (2004) and Patrick Keating (2008). Gushue led the SEC in conference games with a .389 clip and was the third catcher from UF since 1991 to earn first-team accolades, along with Mario Linares (1991) and Zunino (2011-12). Bader was a second-team All-SEC honoree and the Gators led the conference with three All-SEC Freshman Team recipients: first baseman Peter Alonso, Shore and third baseman John Sternagel. Alonso also earned second-team Freshman All-America from the NCBWA.
In 2013, the Gators advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth-consecutive season, matching the longest run in school history, accomplished from 2000-05. It also marked the first time that the same coaching staff had directed the Orange and Blue into NCAA action six-straight times.
Florida completed a weekend sweep of No. 8 South Carolina (3-2, 4-3, 14-5) from April 11-13, marking only the fourth time in school history that the Gators had swept the Gamecocks in a regular-season series, the first time since 2009. Tobias snapped a 3-3 tie with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to drive in Bader with the decisive run in a 4-3 victory at No. 7 Florida State, the second year in a row that UF had emerged victorious in Tallahassee. With a team-leading .312 batting average, Bader earned a berth on the SEC All-Freshman Team. A Gator freshman has made the team every year of O’Sullivan’s tenure.
Florida had seven players chosen in the 2013 MLB Draft, led by Crawford at No. 20 to the Detroit Tigers, becoming the highest selection for a Gator pitcher since John Burke was taken by the Houston Astros at No. 6 overall in 1991. An additional 11 signees were picked and a school-record eight individuals chose to attend the University of Florida instead. Twelve Gators were named to the Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll, the most for the program since 2008, when 17 individuals were recognized. Five other players were chosen to the 2012-13 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
The Gators entered 2012 as the consensus No. 1 team and occupied the top spot for a total of 42 times in the four major polls (12 in NCBWA, 11 in Baseball America, 11 in USA Today/ESPN, eight in Collegiate Baseball). Florida was awarded the top national seed in the NCAA Tournament, its fourth-straight year within the Top-8 seeds, and became one of two programs to advance to the CWS in the last three campaigns. O’Sullivan’s club swept the NCAA Gainesville Regional with victories over Bethune-Cookman (4-0) and Georgia Tech (6-2, 15-3) and then defeated NC State twice (7-1, 9-8) in the Gainesville Super Regional to advance to the College World Series.
With a 47-20 (.701) record, Florida reached the 40-win plateau for the fourth-straight year under O’Sullivan, and the team won 100 games over the past two seasons (53-19 in 2011 and 47-20 in 2012). The 2012 season marked the 11th time that McKethan Stadium had hosted NCAA Regional action and the fourth-straight year for the first time in school history. O’Sullivan passed Arnold (1988, 1991) and Andy Lopez (1996, 1998) as the Gator head coaches with the most trips to Omaha.
Facing the nation’s most difficult schedule according to Warren Nolan and rated No. 2 in the NCAA’s final RPI, the Gators established a school record with an 18-game winning streak from February 21-March 22 and raced out of the gates with a 23-2 record. Florida led the nation in home runs (75) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.65), was second in fewest walks allowed per 9 innings (2.07) and was fourth in WHIP (1.15) during the 2012 campaign. In addition, the pitching staff’s earned run average of 2.92 was the lowest for the Orange and Blue since 1983 and ranked eighth in the country.
Trailing 5-3 in the ninth inning and down to its final two outs, UF erupted for five runs to hand No. 8 Miami an 8-5 setback to sweep the weekend series in Coral Gables and increase its winning streak over the Hurricanes to 11 games. Florida rallied from a 3-0 deficit with six unanswered runs to defeat top-ranked Florida State in Tallahassee, 6-3, to complete a three-game sweep of the regular-season series between the Sunshine State rivals for the first time since 1958. The Gators had previously emerged victorious against the Seminoles in Gainesville (9-2) and in Jacksonville (4-1). The Gators posted an unblemished 10-0 record against schools from the Atlantic Coast Conference: 3-0 over Florida State and Miami in the regular season and 2-0 over Georgia Tech and NC State during NCAA play.
Zunino was Florida’s first-ever winner of the 2012 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, the 26th recipient of the Dick Howser Trophy as College Baseball’s Player of the Year and collected the school’s inaugural Johnny Bench Award. Baseball America’s College Player of the Year became the first UF player to win the Howser Trophy.
The highest Draft pick in school history after being chosen third overall by the Seattle Mariners, Zunino finished as the Gators’ “Triple Crown” winner, leading the team in batting average (.322), RBI (67) and homers (19), and paced the squad in total bases (164), doubles (28), sacrifice flies (11) and slugging percentage (.669). According to the final NCAA statistics, he was first nationally in sacrifice flies, third in doubles, fourth in round-trippers, fifth in total bases, ninth in doubles per game, 10th in RBI and 11th in slugging percentage.
Johnson, taken in the first round by the Boston Red Sox at No. 31 overall, became Florida’s first winner of the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award. A first-team All-American by the NCBWA and Perfect Game, Johnson was a second-team All-American by Baseball America and Louisville Slugger. Chosen first-team All-SEC twice, the southpaw tossed his first career complete game to oust fourth-ranked South Carolina from the SEC Tourney and matched his career high with four hits in the semifinal round the following day against Vanderbilt. He was named to the 2012 SEC All-Tournament Team at both pitcher and designated hitter.
Tucker earned All-America acclaim from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) for the second-straight year, All-SEC honors for the third year in a row and made the NCAA Gainesville Regional All-Tournament team for the fourth time. He departed Gainesville as the school’s all-time leader in games played (265), games started (259), total bases (596), at bats (1,035), hits (341), RBI (258) and doubles (70).
Tucker was a first-team All-SEC selection in 2012 after being a first-team choice during his junior season and a second-team pick in 2010. He powered UF’s offense with a .393 (11-for-28) performance in NCAA play and became the first Gator to achieve Regional All-Tournament status all four years of his career. He is the lone UF player to earn Most Outstanding Player recognition twice (2009 & 2011). In 30 career NCAA Tourney games, Tucker batted .368 (46-for-125) and holds school records in career at bats (125), hits (46), RBI (31), runs (29), homers (11) and doubles (10). He was one of 10 NCAA baseball student-athletes named as a finalist for the 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
Austin Maddox, Hudson Randall, Tucker and Zunino were named All-South Region by the ABCA/Rawlings. The four selections matched the highest total in school history (1978, 1979, 1991, 1996, 2005, 2011). Tucker and Zunino were voted onto the first team for the second-straight year and joined a select group of Gators who earned first-team recognition multiple times: Jim Watkins (1978-79), Scott Ruskin (1984-85) and Matt LaPorta (2005 & 2007). Randall was a second-team pick for the second year in a row and Maddox was on the second team as well.
Florida boasted four first-team All-SEC selections for the first time since 1991. O’Sullivan’s club had a total of five All-SEC picks, the third-straight year that it had placed five or more recipients on the list. Fontana and Tucker joined an elite group of Gators on the diamond who has achieved All-SEC status three times, a fraternity that includes Josh Adams (2008-09-11), Mike Stanley (1982-84-85), Marc Valdes (1991-92-93) and Brad Wilkerson (1996-97-98). Johnson, Rodriguez, Tucker and Zunino were chosen first-team All-SEC, Nolan Fontana earned second-team recognition, while Tobias was chosen to the league’s All-Freshman Team. Fontana was named to the SEC All-Defensive Team for the third year in a row, matching den Dekker (2008-10) for the most appearances on the list by a Gator, and Zunino was a repeat honoree.
Crawford became the first Gator hurler to register a complete-game no-hitter since Burkeaccomplished the feat in a 2-0 shutout of Furman on May 23, 1991, by overpowering Bethune-Cookman on June 1 in the NCAA Gainesville Regional opener. A member of the 2012 USA Collegiate National Team, Crawford turned in a 3-0 record over the summer with a 2.10 ERA, highlighted by a pair of victories over powerhouse Cuba in Havana. He earned a bronze medal at the Haarlem Honkbal Week in the Netherlands, starting the semifinal contest against Cuba and carrying a shutout into the eighth inning.
Florida continued its dominance at McKethan Stadium in 2012, compiling a 31-8 (.795) mark, highlighted by sweeps of the NCAA Gainesville Regional and Super Regionals and a 7-2 series record. UF’s total attendance of 153,484 was just shy of 2011’s record total of 153,904, the average attendance of 3,935 per game established a new standard and the 6,108 fans on hand for the third game of the LSU series on April 7 was a single-game record. The Orange and Blue registered a school-record 24-game winning streak from April 24, 2010-March 8, 2011.
O’Sullivan earned 2011 College Coach of the Year honors from Baseball America, becoming the first coach from UF to collect the publication’s yearly accolade. On its way to a school-record 53 victories, Florida earned a trip to Omaha in consecutive seasons for the first time. Although the Gators fell in the CWS Championship Finals to South Carolina, they notched a second-place showing for the second time in school history (2005).
O’Sullivan’s team secured the All-SEC final round by downing Texas (8-4) and then knocking off league rival Vanderbilt twice (3-1, 6-4). The No. 2 national seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Gators swept the NCAA Gainesville Regional with victories over Manhattan (17-3) and Miami (FL) (5-4, 11-4) and then defeated Mississippi State twice (11-1, 3-4, 8-6) in a classic Gainesville Super Regional to advance to the College World Series.
The 53 wins marked the third of the four times that the program exceeded 50 wins. UF stayed in the top five all season long in the USA Today/ESPN rankings, spent nine weeks at No. 1 in Baseball America and eight weeks in the top spot according to Collegiate Baseball. The Gators blanked Vanderbilt, 5-0, to capture the 2011 SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala. It was the first time in 20 years that Florida won the league’s tourney and the triumph also represented the first time since 1988 that the Orange and Blue had taken the SEC and SEC Tourney in the same season. With a 22-8 performance in the SEC that matched South Carolina and Vanderbilt, Florida became the East winner for the third year in a row, matching its feat from 1996-98. The Gators claimed eight of their 10 SEC series and the team’s 22 victories in league play matched the school record set in 2010. The pitching staff twirled 11 shutouts in 72 games, breaking the previous school record for shutouts (10 in 1970).
Zunino was named the SEC Player of the Year, joining LaPorta (2005, ’07) as Gators who have earned the league’s top accolade and Whitson was tabbed as the National Freshman Pitcher of the Year by Perfect Game. Tucker and Zunino were named All-Americans and were joined on the All-South Region squad by Adams and Randall, while Whitson was honored as a Freshman All-American by four different organizations.
A school-record 11 players were chosen in the 2011 MLB Draft: Maronde (3rd round, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), DeSclafani (6th round, Toronto), Panteliodis (9th round, New York Mets), right-hander Tommy Toledo (11th round, Milwaukee), Adams (13th round, Florida), Tucker (16th round, Colorado), catcher Ben McMahan (23rd round, Milwaukee), right-hander Matt Campbell (24th round, Philadelphia), right-hander Greg Larson (29th round, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), outfielder Bryson Smith (34th round, Cincinnati) and outfielder Tyler Thompson (46th round, Washington). An additional eight signees were picked, four of whom turned down the professional opportunity, and the trio of Larson, Thompson and Tucker elected to remain in school. Before O’Sullivan’s arrival, the Gators’ previous high number of picks was eight in both 1999 and 2002.
The Gators compiled a 34-7 (.829) mark and a 9-1 series record at McKethan Stadium in ’11, featuring weekend sweeps of Alabama, Boston College, Miami (FL), Ole Miss, Rhode Island, USF and Tennessee. UF’s total attendance of 153,904 became the high-water mark, the average attendance of 3,753 per game eclipsed the previous high of 3,514 in 2006 and the Gators drew a then-record 5,930 fans for Florida State’s visit.
Returning a talented nucleus and welcoming a recruiting class hailed as the nation’s best by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, O’Sullivan directed the Gators to a 47-17 overall record in 2010 that featured a program-best 22-8 league mark and the school’s first SEC title in five years. Voted the SEC Coach of the Year, he molded a lineup that featured five All-SEC recipients and a record five Freshman All-Americans from Baseball America into a cohesive unit that made it to Omaha for the first time since ’05.
Facing a schedule ranked second in the country, the Gators captured nine of their 10 league series, including a run of eight-straight, and defeated South Carolina on the final weekend of the regular season to claim the SEC Championship. Seeded third in the NCAA Tournament, O’Sullivan’s club overpowered Bethune-Cookman (7-3), Oregon State (10-2) and Florida Atlantic (15-0) in the NCAA Gainesville Regional to join the 2004 and 2005 Gator teams as the only ones in school history at that time to collect Regional titles in consecutive seasons. The following weekend, UF claimed the first two Super Regional meetings with Miami (FL) to secure a CWS berth in the event’s final go-round at Rosenblatt Stadium.
Noted for his pitching acumen, O’Sullivan oversaw a Florida pitching staff that lowered its team earned run average for the third year in a row (4.13) and finished second in the nation in fewest walks allowed per nine innings (2.15). UF’s starting pitchers were 30-15 with a 3.94 ERA and its bullpen was 17-2 and tied the school record of 18 saves. Chapman was chosen as a third-team All-American by the NCBWA, becoming the first Gator pitcher to earn All-America status since Hoyman in 2004. He also garnered second-team All-South Region accolades and was the lone UF representative to collect first-team All-SEC honors.
The quintet of Fontana, Johnson, Maddox, Randall and Zunino thrived in their debut seasons under O’Sullivan and all achieved both Freshman All-America and Freshman All-SEC status. The SEC’s Freshman of the Year, Maddox was named a third-team All-American by the NCBWA. The slugger was the first rookie from Florida to earn All-America recognition since Wilkerson accomplished the feat in 1996 and earned second-team All-SEC recognition.
Fontanabecame the first player in school history to be named to the Rawlings NCAA Division I Gold Glove Team and was the lone freshman selected to the nine-player positional squad. He and Johnson each brought home a silver medal from the V FISU World University Championships in Tokyo, Japan, while playing for the 2010 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team as the only freshmen on the roster.
The Gators compiled a 33-3 (.917) mark at McKethan Stadium that established a team record for winning percentage. The win total was the second-highest since the facility opened in 1988, trailing just a 35-5 (.875) record in 1998. Since broken, UF’s total attendance of 126,195 eclipsed the school’s previous standard set in 2006 (123,022) and the average attendance was 3,505 per game.
Under O’Sullivan’s tutelage in 2009, the Gators produced a 42-22 mark, captured the SEC East, rolled through the NCAA Gainesville Regional and earned the squad’s first trip to Super Regionals in four years. Florida finished one game back in the race for the SEC Championship and 27 of the club’s 42 victories were come-from-behind efforts, including 13 against league foes. After capping its season with the program’s third NCAA Super Regional appearance, UF was listed in the top 15 within all four of the collegiate baseball polls.
Evidence of the increased player development under O’Sullivan was shown by a then-school-record 10 Gators and 12 signees being chosen during the 2009 MLB Draft. The previous high of eight UF players was set in 1999 and equaled in 2002, and the total tied for second nationally behind league rival Georgia (11).
In his first year as a head coach, he directed the Gators to their first NCAA Regional appearance since 2005 and a second-place finish in the East after being picked 11th in the 12-team league. O’Sullivan was just the fourth Florida skipper to lead the team into NCAA play in his debut season and guided the squad to series triumphs over both of the SEC’s division winners and College World Series representatives, Georgia and LSU.
Three of his players, Adams, den Dekker and Keating, achieved first-team All-SEC status, Florida’s most on the first squad since four honorees in 1991. Adams was also a unanimous pick on the SEC All-Freshman Team and collected Freshman All-America acclaim from three different organizations. Keating became the first Gator pitcher to garner first-team All-South Region from the ABCA since Hoyman in 2004, while second-team honoree Adams was the first rookie on the squad since Wilkerson in 1996. Meanwhile, den Dekker earned a berth on the league’s first-ever All-Defensive Team and represented the 2008 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team that was a perfect 24-0 on its summer tour.
When O’Sullivan took over the Gator program, one of his top priorities was turning around the team’s pitching staff, which had registered a 5.27 ERA and was the highest in the SEC during the 2007 campaign. Not only did the ’08 squad lower its ERA to 4.39 overall, Florida led the league in conference play with a 4.00 ERA. Offensively, UF’s team batting average went from .290 to .304, and the club’s .305 showing in the 30 conference games was at the top of the chart. The Gators also increased their fielding percentage and turned a league-leading 72 double plays, the fourth-most in school history.
Seventeen members of O’Sullivan’s inaugural team were named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll. The total matched the highest number of Academic All-SEC recipients for Florida baseball in school history, equaling the 17 in 2003, and marked the sixth-consecutive year that the team reached double-digit honorees. An additional five student-athletes earned a spot on the league’s Freshman Academic Honor Roll, tying the Gators’ best performance.
The University of Florida and Athletics Director Jeremy Foley announced O’Sullivanas its new baseball coach on June 14, 2007. O’Sullivan arrived in Gator Country after serving nine seasons as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Clemson, where he helped the Tigers to nine-straight NCAA Tournament appearances and College World Series berths in 2000, 2002 and 2006. A native of Jupiter, Fla., O’Sullivan became the 21st head coach in school history.
“This is an exciting day and signals a new chapter for Gator baseball,” Foley said. “What Kevin has accomplished as one of the top assistants in the nation with highly-respected recruiting skills and player development speaks for itself. He possesses the qualities in a head coach that we were looking for and is eager to hit the ground running. We are counting on Kevin to help return our program to the elite level of collegiate baseball.”
Clemson’s associate head coach since 2002, O’Sullivan and the Tigers advanced to NCAA Super Regionals in 2007 for the seventh time since the format was introduced in 1999 before succumbing to Mississippi State. At the time, the total represented the second-most in the nation. A week earlier, the Tigers claimed the Myrtle Beach Regional with an unblemished 3-0 record and ousted top-seeded Coastal Carolina.
Under his tutelage, 29 Tiger hurlers were chosen in the Major League Baseball Draft, including five in 2007. A school-record 11 Clemson players were taken, highlighted by left-hander Daniel Moskos going fourth overall to the Pittsburgh Pirates. During O’Sullivan’s tenure, 11 pitchers were picked in the top-five rounds, including a trio of first-rounders: Mike Paradis (1999), Tyler Lumsden (2004) and Moskos.
He spent the 1998 season with the Twins’ Rookie League team in Fort Myers, Fla., that reached the playoffs for the first time. He was also responsible for the development of the pitchers.
O’Sullivan was the pitching coach at Virginia in 1996 and 1997, where he coached All-America and first-rounder Seth Greisenger. In ’96, the Cavaliers won their first-ever ACC Tournament title and were 44-21 overall. He coached a total of three pitchers in the two years who were drafted in the top-five rounds, including a first, second, and fifth-round pick, to go along with a 14th-rounder in 1997. O’Sullivan, who helped in the recruitment of student-athletes at Virginia, coached players picked in the third and 44th rounds in 1997 as well.
O’Sullivan coached at Florida Atlantic during the 1994 and 1995 seasons, where he was responsible for the hitters, catchers, infielders and outfielders. From 1992-93, he was an assistant at Florida Community College as the hitting and catching instructor.
In two years at Virginia, nine at Clemson and eight at Florida, he has coached 74 pitchers who have been drafted or signed pro contracts. This list includes six first-rounders, 20 top-five-rounders, 35 top-10-rounders and 10 All-Americans.
O’Sullivan graduated with honors from Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in education/sports medicine in 1991. In Charlottesville, he was a member of UVa’s Captain Council and Student-Athlete Mentor Program. He later earned a master’s degree in exercise science & wellness from Florida Atlantic.
O’Sullivan starred at Virginia as a catcher in 1990 and 1991, where he hit a combined .351. He was a first-team All-ACC and All-ACC Tourney recipient both years and earned a berth on the ACC Academic Honor Roll in 1990. He also played for Florida Community College in 1988 and 1989.
O’Sullivan is married to the former Barbara Jo Davis and the couple resides in Gainesville. They have a daughter named Payton Tyler O’Sullivan and a son named Finn Thomas O’Sullivan.