Sullivan steps down as Samford football coach

Birmingham, AL ( – Plagued by physical problems in recent
years, Samford football coach Pat Sullivan stepped down from his position and
moved into another role within the university Tuesday.

Sullivan, the 1971 Heisman Trophy winner as a quarterback at Auburn, recently
completed his eighth season at Samford and went 47-43 as the program’s all-time
leader in wins. He has led the team to four straight winning seasons for the
first time since 1999.

Sullivan had back surgery in 2013 and then had some complications afterward,
causing him to often coach from the press box. In the 2012 season, he missed
time because of pneumonia.

He will begin to serve as Samford president Dr. Andrew Westmoreland’s special
advisor for campus and community development. That will include working as a
Samford ambassador to extend the university’s reach in the state of Alabama and

Among the highlights of Sullivan’s tenure, he led the Bulldogs to a share of
their first Southern Conference championship since joining the league in 2008.
That team also earned the program’s first bid to the FCS playoffs since 1992.

Earlier this season, Samford renamed its football field house the Sullivan-
Cooney Family Field House to honor Sullivan, his wife Jean and their family.