March 02, 2012
GMRC is Proud to Welcome Back Four-Time Olympian Marcus O’Sullivan!
Marcus O'Sullivan returns for his 10th year speaking for sessions one and two of camp. He is always our most anticipated speaker with a Midas touch on motivation. The three time Olympian and head men’s coach at his alma mater Villanova should not be missed.
Marcus O'Sullivan enters his eighth year as the Director of Villanova Track & Field and head coach to the men's cross country and track & field programs. O'Sullivan established himself as one of `Nova's all-time great distance runners during his collegiate career (1980-84) and since taking the helm of the program, has returned the Wildcats to prominence on the conference and national scenes.
Many of the individuals and teams O'Sullivan has coached have become accomplished on all levels--national, regional and local. O'Sullivan has guided his athletes to six NCAA individual championships, two NCAA relay titles, two BIG EAST titles, and his 2002 indoor track team earned a fifth place finish at the NCAA Championships. He has coached 19 athletes to 43 All-American honors and 12 athletes to 53 All-BIG EAST honors. O'Sullivan has also guided athletes to nine national championships and 40 BIG EAST titles.
O'Sullivan himself has earned recognition on the national and conference levels. In 1998 the NCAA bestowed the honor of National Cross Country Coach of the Year on him. He is a four-time (1998, 2001, '02, and '03) Regional Cross Country Coach of the Year, and O'Sullivan earned BIG EAST Coach of the Year distinction in 2002.
As an athlete, O'Sullivan is a four-time Olympian, three-time World Indoor champion in the 1500m, and previously held the world records for the indoor 1500m and the 4x1 mile relay. His professional career, which has spanned 15 years, includes medals at the Goodwill Games, the European Championships, the World Championships and the U.S. Championships. He has the distinction of being one of three men to run more than 100 sub-4:00 minute miles.