Sullivan resigns after 24 years as Frontenac head baseball coach
FRONTENAC, Kan. – Bill Sullivan started as Frontenac High School’s head baseball coach in 1999.
“I think I was pretty blessed to get this job,” Sullivan says, “I came in with no experience. Leon Miller was AD and told me if I ever wanted to do it, now is the time to do it. I wasn’t ready, but I jumped into it.”
24 years later, Sullivan has decided to resign as Frontenac’s head coach.
“I have three girls who are freshmen, soon to be sophomores. They’re playing softball. I’m on this field and they’re on the other field, and I just don’t get to see enough of them,” Sullivan says on why now is the right time to step away, “I’m excited to be able to watch them and support them. It’s going to be different, because I’m used to being here. It’s going to be a tough thing to step away from, because I have a huge passion for it still…but it’s their turn. It’s time for me to give my time to them.”
Earlier this spring, Sullivan picked up his 300th win as Frontenac’s head coach. He finishes with 305 total wins, after the Raiders posted an 18-4 overall record and finished as regional runner-up this season.
In his 24 years leading the program, Sullivan led Frontenac to four CNC league championships (2012, 2013, 2018, 2019), three trips to the state tournament (2011, 2012, 2021) and the program’s first ever state championship in 2012.
“It’s something you always dream of as a player. I know those guys had their mind set on it and I was just along for the ride,” Sullivan says of the 2012 state title, “That was a great group of guys. We’ve had a lot of good groups. If you have any regrets over the years, it’s that I didn’t get more teams that opportunity to get a ring. That’s always the goal, to see their faces light up and the proud moment they have when that happens. I wish we could have done more.”
Frontenac brought home a trophy each time they went to state, finishing 3rd in the other two years they qualified (2011, 2021).
While Sullivan says those wins and that state championship are great memories of his time leading the Raiders – his biggest takeaway as he steps down is the relationships he’s built with his players and the Frontenac community in the last 24 years.
“All the relationships I’ve built from this sport and this town have been huge,” Sullivan says, “Some of my best friends right now are guys who played for me my first year here. They’re not that much younger than I am. I’m good friends with them…and they’ve become really close. I’ve been fortunate to be in such a great community with great support. I just feel glad that I was able to do something that made them proud.”
“I’m still going to pop in and watch games when I can, but I do think it’s going to be tough,” Sullivan finishes, “It’s going to be tough driving by here on a game day on my way into school, seeing the field and knowing there’s going to be a game there that night…and I’m not going to be a part of it. “
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