Coaches

Mike Sullivan
Offensive Line
Age:
37
College:
Miami (Fla.)
Hometown:
Chicago, Ill.
Experience:
16

Biography

Mike Sullivan rejoins the Browns for his third stint with the club and seventh season overall as a member of the Browns coaching staff. This will be his 11th season as an NFL assistant coach.

Mike Sullivan rejoins the Browns for his third stint with the club and seventh season overall as a member of the Browns coaching staff. This will be his 11th season as an NFL assistant coach.

Sullivan returns to Northeast Ohio after spending the previous four seasons (2009-12) as the offensive line coach of the San Diego Chargers. During his tenure with the team, he coached an offensive unit that helped the Chargers offense average 1,640 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns per season. While with the Chargers, offensive lineman Kris Dielman earned Pro Bowl honors following the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

Prior to joining the Chargers, Sullivan spent six seasons with the Browns. From 2001-04, he served as assistant offensive line coach before being elevated to tight ends coach for the final five games of 2004, after Rob Chudzinski was promoted to offensive coordinator. During his second tour with the club, from 2007-08, he also served as assistant offensive line coach as he helped tutor Joe Thomas, who earned Pro Bowl selections in each of his first two seasons under Sullivan’s guidance.

Sullivan began his coaching career in 1997, spending five seasons coaching in Germany, France and Spain for teams within the European Federation of American Football. He has made two collegiate coaching stops, spending 2001 as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, the University of Miami (Fla.), and two seasons (2005-06) as the offensive line coach at Western Michigan. As the Broncos’ offensive line coach, he led a unit that blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher in each of the two seasons and gave up the fewest sacks in the Mid-American Conference in 2006, finishing 14th nationally in that category.

A sixth-round draft choice of the Dallas Cowboys in the 1991 NFL Draft, Sullivan appeared in 48 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1992-95. During his tenure in Tampa, he was recognized for his work in the community as he earned Tampa Bay’s Community Service Player of the Year Award in 1993. He was also a finalist for the NFL/True Value Hardware Man of the Year Award in 1996.

A four-year letterman (1987-90) as an offensive lineman at the University of Miami (Fla.), Sullivan split his collegiate career by playing two seasons at both the guard and tackle positions. After redshirting in 1986, he started 48 consecutive games, which at the time ranked as the second-longest streak in school history. During his playing career he earned honorable mention All-America honors on two occasions and was an Associated Press All-South Independent First Team selection. A member of the 1987 and 1989 ‘Canes National Championship teams, he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s in international business management during his time in Coral Gables. In 1990, he received a Post-Graduate Scholarship Award from the NCAA, becoming only one of two ‘Canes to receive the award. He is also the school's only two-time winner of the CBS/Toyota Leadership Award. In 2009, was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame.

Born on December 22, 1967, he is a native of Chicago, Illinois, where he attended St. Francis DeSales High School. Mike and his wife, Carole, have two sons, Patrick and John, and a daughter, Teagan.

Mike Sullivan’s Coaching Background:

2001                University of Miami (Fla.), graduate assistant

2001-04           Cleveland Browns, assistant offensive line coach

2005-06           Western Michigan University, offensive line coach

2007-08           Cleveland Browns, assistant offensive line coach

2009-12           San Diego Chargers, offensive line coach

2013-               Cleveland Browns, offensive line coach

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