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Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • Longtime coach Mike Sullivan no longer at Notre Dame

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  • PEORIA — Longtime Notre Dame coach Mike Sullivan confirmed Wednesday he's no longer teaching or coaching at Notre Dame.
    "That is true," Sullivan said. "Technically, I resigned."
    But Sullivan, 61, said he was told Friday night he no longer had a job at Notre Dame.
    Sullivan coached cross country and track for 39 years at ND and Bergan. In 2008, he was inducted into the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
    He coached the Notre Dame girls to the 2010 Class 2A state cross country championship and Caitlin Comfort to the 2A individual title in 2006. Last fall, Notre Dame sophomore Maryjeanne Gilbert finished second in the 2A state meet.
    At Bergan, Sullivan's boys teams won Class A state championships in 1980 and 1981, and Eric Volkert won the 1980 individual crown.
    As the official scorer for the boys basketball team at both Bergan and Notre Dame for 39 years, Sullivan said he missed his first game Saturday night, due to his departure from the faculty and staff.
    Asked Wednesday about the situation, Sullivan said, "I don't know that I should go into that. ... It's probably best left this way."
    Sullivan said he lost his insurance and is primary focus is seeking a job. He has yet to decide whether he will attain legal counsel.
    "I'm not going to get my job back, and I think anything I say is going to make it worse," he said.
    Notre Dame principal Charlie Roy declined comment Wednesday.
    Sullivan said he had not planned to retire for several more years and is unsure of his next step.
    "It's not a good situation," Sullivan said. "I have to try and do something to get myself through the next three-and-half, four years, because I'm that old."
    Adam Duvall can be reached at 686-3207 or aduvall@pjstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamDuvall.

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