Jennifer Sullivan begins her fourth season at Missouri State in 2016-17. She serves as recruiting coordinator on Harper’s staff, playing a significant role in the Lady Bears landing stellar recruiting classes in each of her first three seasons.
MSU’s inaugural signing class under Harper in November 2013 included a trio of all-state players from Missouri and another from Illinois that went on to play in a combined 114 games during their freshman seasons, with Liza Fruendt earning MVC all-freshman accolades and Aubrey Buckley becoming the sixth true freshman to start at least 30 games at MSU.
Missouri State’s subsequent recruiting classes have reinforced the school’s strong presence in the Midwest, with players from Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Illinois and Minnesota signing National Letters of Intent.
Sullivan spent the 2012-13 season as Associate Head Coach for Garry Brodhead at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, serving as the team’s recruiting coordinator while handling guard development and scheduling.
Prior to her stint with the Ragin’ Cajuns, Sullivan was an assistant at Arkansas State in her hometown of Jonesboro for three seasons. Sullivan served as ASU’s recruiting coordinator in addition to duties with summer camps, academic monitoring and opponent scouting.
Sullivan’s strong southern ties date to her playing days at Memphis from 2001-05, where she was a three-year starter and helped the Tigers to the second round of the WNIT in 2004. She finished her Memphis career with 800 points, 310 rebounds and 99 steals, graduating in 2005 with a Communications degree after being named team MVP her senior season.
Sullivan remained in Memphis upon graduation as an assistant for the Rhodes College women, and followed that by spending the 2007-08 season on the Memphis sideline before joining Brodhead at McNeese State for the 2008-09 campaign.