Happy birthday, Brad Childress!

Terri Sullivan
Fourteen years ago Sunday, Terri Sullivan was announced as the first Illini softball coach. She came to Illinois after seven seasons as associate head coach at Illinois-Chicago, where the Flames had compiled an impressive 381-126 record. During her 14 seasons in Champaign-Urbana, Sullivan’s Illini have posted a 438-316-12 mark. Though Illinois hasn’t won a regular season Big Ten title, it has won nearly 60 percent of its games under Sullivan’s tutelage. The team’s best back-to-back seasons came in 2009 and ’10, when Illinois had a cumulative record of 74-25 and qualified for the NCAA tournament. Sullivan’s Illini have 37 victories against ranked teams, highlighted by a win against sixth-ranked UCLA in 2008. Three different Illini players have earned All-America honors a total of four times. Alex Booker, Sullivan’s standout left fielder in 2013, became the 39th Illini player to have been accorded All-Big Ten honors. Sullivan’s season-by-season record at Illinois:

2000       13-17
2001       49-23
2002       34-24
2003       39-17-1*
2004       45-21-1*
2005       24-26
2006       24-31
2007       30-25
2008       30-32
2009       29-17*
2010       45-8*
2011       27-22
2012       27-26
2013       22-27

*NCAA tournament qualifier

Illini Birthdays
Sunday: Marcus Mason, football (29)
Monday: Andy McVey, swimming (45)
Tuesday: Dana Brenner, athletics administrator (59)
Wednesday: Luke Butkus, football (34)
Thursday: Brad Childress, football coach (57)
Friday: Mike Bellamy, football (47)
Saturday: Bucky Godbolt, football coach (58)

By Mike Pearson, author of Illini Legends, Lists & Lore and assistant athletic director at Miami (Ohio)

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