Since joining the staff, Sullivan has also spent much of his time at UAB working with the quarterbacks. Under Sullivan`s tutelage, quarterback Darrell Hackney became one of the most prolific signal-callers in Conference USA history, finishing his career last season with 9,886 career passing yards and 71 touchdown passes.
Prior to joining the staff at UAB, Sullivan was the head coach at TCU for six years (1992-97), posting a record of 24-42-1. Sullivan led TCU to a 7-5 record in 1994, including a berth in the Independence Bowl; a year later, he led TCU to a 6-5 mark.
He earned the Top Newcomer Award by American Football Quarterly in 1995 for the progress the TCU program achieved during his first three years, going from a 2-8-1 mark in 1992 to a 7-5 finish and postseason bowl game in 1994. Sullivan was named the Southwest Conference Coach of the Year in 1994 as well.
Prior to serving as head coach at TCU, Sullivan spent six years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Auburn University. During that span under head coach Pat Dye, Sullivan worked with the Auburn quarterbacks, including three of the top passers in Auburn history: Jeff Burger (1986-87), Reggie Slack (1986-89) and Stan White (1990-92). The Tigers posted a record of 52-16-3 in those six seasons, winning three Southeastern Conference championships and making five post-season bowl appearances.
A native of Birmingham, Sullivan was a three-year starter at Auburn, in becoming one of the most prolific quarterbacks in SEC history. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1971, becoming the first college player from the state of Alabama ever to win the award.
Sullivan continues to rank as one of the top passers in Auburn history, as he led the Tigers to a 26-7 record during his career, including three postseason bowl appearances; he was twice named SEC Player of the Year (1970 and 1971) and was a consensus All-American in each of those years.
Sullivan was named Most Valuable Player of the 1970 Gator Bowl, as well as the 1971 Sugar Bowl and the 1972 Senior Bowl. Following his senior season, he participated in the College All-Star Classic, leading the collegians vs. the Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys.
Sullivan earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from Auburn in 1972. He was named as an Academic All-American in 1972.
After his collegiate career, Sullivan played professional football for five seasons, including four with the Atlanta Falcons (1972-76) and one with the Washington Redskins (1976-77).
After his professional career, Sullivan was in private business before joining the staff at Auburn in 1986. Sullivan is a member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame, the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame, the Sugar Bowl Hall of Fame, and the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame.
Sullivan and his wife, Jean, reside in Birmingham. They have three children -- daughter Kim and twins Kelly and Patrick; and six grandchildren, Alex, Jay, Mallory, Joseph, Taylor and Lucy.