Just a year removed from patrolling the middle of the Seton Hill infield, Sullivan moves into the role of assistant coach in 2019. He will serve as the Griffins hitting & infield coach, and handle recruiting duties in Ohio and Western PA.
After spending two years at the University of Evansville, Sullivan started 161 games at Seton Hill from 2016-2018. He was a career .314 hitter with 40 extra base hits, 89 rbi, and 34 stolen bases. Sullivan fielded .941 during his three seasons as an infielder, logging 343 assists. He was named the 2018 PSAC Tournament MVP.
Tyler earned his bachelors degree in business marketing (2017) and his MBA (2018) both from Seton Hill.
Mike Houck returns for his twelfth season as a volunteer working with the hitters and infielders. Houck came to SHU after serving three seasons as the head baseball coach at South Fayette High School. The Baldwin High School graduate had a stand-out career at Bethany College where he still holds a number of career records, including on-base-percentage and putouts, as well as hits in a season. Houck was two-time PAC 1st Team selection for the Bison and a 2001 MidEast Region All-American.
Houck broke into the coaching ranks as Marc Marizzaldi's assistant coach with the 1999 Baldwin American Legion squad before taking over the reigns of the Houston American Legion squad in 2000. He has also assisted with the Weirton, WV American Legion while serving as a private hitting instructor in the Pittsburgh area.
DJ Cannon enters his seventh season as pitching coach in 2019, and fifth as a full-time assistant. Cannon transitioned from the mound to the bench in 2013 taking over the duties of pitching coach for the Griffins. The righthander enjoyed significant success for the crimson and gold from 2008-12 winning 12 games over the span of 159 innings. He ranks fourth in career ERA with a 3.79. He fanned 113 batters to just 44 walks and earned WVIAC All-Conference accolades in 2008.
As mentor of the Griffins hurlers, Cannon’s most recent staff in 2018 led the PSAC in ERA at 3.36, and ranked second in the league in opponents average. The 2018 staff also ranked 12th nationally in strikeouts per game. Cannon helped develop SHU’s ace Perry DellaValle into a 27th round pick of the Cardinals in ’18.
Cannon handles the bulk of the recruiting duties in Pennsylvania and oversees all strength & conditioning for the program.
A three-sport high school letterman in football, basketball and baseball, Cannon has been inducted into the Mars High School athletics Hall of Fame. He earned his bachelors degree in Business / Entrepreneurial Studies in 2011 and earned his MBA at Seton Hill in the spring of 2014.