NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Former University of Notre Dame men’s golf coach and physical education professor Noel O’Sullivan died Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at the age of 87.
After serving as an Army sergeant during the Korean War, O’Sullivan earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University, garnering a Notre Dame Fellowship Honor for his postgraduate studies in physical education. He joined the Notre Dame faculty as an assistant professor in 1964, also working in the guidance department. A popular professor, O’Sullivan’s physical education classes were routinely filled and he taught every activity offered by the University during his tenure.
In 1973, he became the first lay faculty member to attain the men’s golf head coaching position, serving in that role until 1988. The Irish won 11 tournaments during O’Sullivan’s tenure, and he tutored John Lundgren to Honorable Mention All-America honors, fostered two GCAA National All-Academic Scholar Award winners in John Anthony and Dick Connelly, and developed four All-Midwestern Collegiate Conference picks in Steve Fuhrer, John O’Donovan, Doug Giorgio and Pat Mohan. In 2008, he earned an honorary monogram from the Monogram Club.
A native of Elizabeth, New Jersey, O’Sullivan was predeceased by his brother, John L. O’Sullivan, and survived by a brother, Maurice P. O’Sullivan, and two sisters, Anne O’Sullivan and Mary O’Sullivan.