Sean Sullivan

coachandplayerSean Sullivan founded and has served as director of the Heights United Soccer Camp (formerly the Eastside Summer Soccer Camp) since 1994. In that time he has coached and directed many players in the camp that have been recognized in the city, state and country, including 19 All Greater Cleveland 1st and 2nd Team players; two All Ohio players; two All Americans; and two who went on to play professional soccer.

Coaching accomplishments

  • Head coach, Cleveland Heights High men’s varsity soccer, 2000-2014
  • Lake Erie League Champions, 2012-2014
  • Lake Erie League Coach of the Year, 2012-2014
  • 2012 winner of the Ron Pinsenschaum Award, the highest honor for coaching in Ohio.
  • All Greater Cleveland Team Sportsmanship, 2011
  • USSF National Coaching License and member of National Soccer Coaches Association of America
  • Northeast Ohio Regional Head Coach for the 2006 Maccabi Games U-16 boys soccer team. Tournament held in Phoenix.
  • 2005-08: Director of Coaching and Soccer Skills for the Eastside Kickers Soccer Club. Responsible for conditioning, skills and tactics for 14 competitive boys and girls teams ages U-8 to U-13.
  • 2004-08: Director of Coaching and Soccer Skills for the Cleveland Heights Recreation League soccer program. Responsible for restructuring the entire program resulting in a significant increase in numbers.
  • Initiated the Cleveland Heights Advanced Soccer Skills Clinic housed at the Recreation Center. Designed to bridge players from recreation league to travel soccer.
  • Owner/proprietor of the Heights United Soccer Academy (formerly the Eastside Summer Soccer Camp). Recognized as an “Outstanding Summer Camp” serving the Cleveland Heights soccer community for 15 years.
  • Fall 2000-present: Head Coach of the Cleveland Heights Boys’ Varsity Soccer.
  • Sectional Champions 2000/2003 /2007 – District finalists 2003/2007.
  • Spring 2004: Cleveland Heights High School Varsity Track Distance Running Coach.
  • Spring 2003: Cleveland Heights High School Varsity Lacrosse Conditioning Coach.
  • Fall 1998: Named Northeast Ohio Assistant Coach of the Year through GCSSCA.
  • Winter 1996-2003: Founded ACES–Athletes Choosing Excellence in School. Volunteered after school tutoring program involving 4th and 5th graders and Heights High Athletes. Heights students volunteer their time after school to tutor and mentor Oxford Elementary School students.

Career accomplishments

  • 2012 Person of the Year, Cleveland Heights Patch
  • 2006-2013: Fifth grade teacher at Oxford Elementary. Active member in several school and district committees: Oxford Student Council Advisor, Director of intramural sports, Young Men of Oxford Advisor, Vertical Team Science advisor.
  • 2004-06: Fourth grade Teacher at Oxford Elementary School. Active member of several school and district committees: Oxford Student Council Facilitator, Multicultural, Math/Science, Technology and Report Card Committee.
  • 1993-2004: First Grade Teacher at Oxford Elementary School.
  • 2004/2005/2006: Named to “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and Coaches.” Less than 2% of educators named three or more times.
  • 2003: Ohio PTA Cleveland Heights-University Heights District Educator of the Year.
  • Spring 2002: News Channel 5 Teacher of the Week.
  • Spring 1999-2000: Jennings Scholar: Recognizing Outstanding Ohio Teachers.

marathonPersonal background

  • Cleveland Heights resident for 30 years.
  • Product of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights school district, attending Noble, Monticello and Heights High (class of 1988).
  • Accomplished 5k, 10k and marathon runner; completed three Cleveland Marathons and two New York City Marathons.
  • Graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.
  • Played on the first Eastside Kickers soccer team established in 1983 under Coach Dick Dietrich.
  • Played varsity soccer for Cleveland Heights High School from 1985-1988 all three years making it to the District Finals