Dan Sulivant [Football '14]
Dan Sulivant attended Connors State College in 1955, playing football and baseball for the Cowboys his freshman season. Sulivant then left Connors in the spring of 1956 to join the United States Marines, stationed in Camp Pendleton, Calif., where he was a member of the First Battalion football team and the track team.
Following completion of his enlistment, he returned to Connors State in 1958, where he rejoined the football and baseball teams. He was named to the NJCAA All-American team and established conference track record in the discus, while also throwing the shot and javelin.
After graduating from Connors he attended Northeastern State University, competing in football and track before graduating in 1961. He then took a job with the Okmulgee Public
School System as a social studies teacher and coach.
At Okmulgee he coached football, basketball, and track and was named athletic director in 1971. He became head coach in track in 1974 and head football coach in 1972.
In 1972, Okmulgee was state runner-up in Class 3A and his track team won the state title and set a state mile relay record.
Sulivant’s 1974 football team lost in the first round of the playoffs, the 1975 team won the state Class 3 championship, and his 1979 club lost in the state semifinals.
He retired in 1980 as head football coach and was named to the high school counseling staff. He returned to coaching in 1982 as assistant football coach until 1987 before leaving coaching due to health reasons.
During his coaching career Sulivant coached the Oklahoma North All-State football team and the Oil Bowl. He was voted into the Oklahoma Coaches’ Hall of Fame.
Sulivant is married to Marilyn Mabrey and they have two children and four grandchildren.