Originally from Pittsburgh, Sullivan attended John Carroll University and then made his way down to Cincinnati. What he found here, quickly captivated him.
“It’s a special place,” Sullivan said of St. X. “And we participate in a special league. I grew up in Catholic schools my whole life and I never played in a Catholic school league. It just presents something unique and special. St. X itself is a community. Everybody here knows each other.
“My kids have grown up here and my kids will always speak fondly of St. Xavier High School. I used to drag them here in the summertime … they complained about it then but they look back now and it’s family for me and my family.”
The decision to leave circles back to his family.
The first footrace Frank Russo ever ran in competition, he won.
That was four decades ago, and “it was the 800 meters on a cinder track at Colerain Junior High and I will never forget that.”
Little did he know, it would be the catalyst for a lifelong love affair with cross country and track and field.
Russo, who’s been La Salle’s cross country coach since the fall of 1983 – as a 23-year-old – and the Lancers’ track coach since the spring of 1985, will on Jan. 26 be inducted into the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame.
Doug Rosfeld was named Monday afternoon Moeller High School’s sixth head football coach in its storied program history.
Rosfeld, a 1997 Moeller graduate and former Moeller football assistant coach, had been the University of Cincinnati football’s director of player development since March 2015.
“Moeller is the only high school in America I could consider working for,” Rosfeld told WCPO Sunday night.
Rosfeld, 38, met with the Moeller football team at 2:45 p.m. Monday before he was introduced to the media at 3:15 p.m., at the school.
"He is a great fit," Moeller Athletic Director Mike Asbeck said.
Rosfeld and Moeller finalized an agreement the night of Dec. 2. Rosfeld is the second Moeller alumus to be named the Crusaders' head football coach (Bob Crable, 2001-07).
Rosfeld succeeds John Rodenberg, who stepped down Nov. 7 after 80-41 record including two state titles in 10 seasons at the school.
Rosfeld was introduced in front of family, friends and the Moeller staff Monday. UC Director of Athletics Mike Bohn was also in attendance.
Rosfeld, who played center at UC and was All-Conference-USA following his junior and senior seasons (1999 and 2000), worked directly with UC’s student-athletes as the director of player development. That role involved mentoring and ensuring students adhered to the program goals and policies regarding intellectual, social, leadership, physical and skill development. He also helped coordinate off-the-field initiatives.