Excelled as a player on the gridiron, lettering three years at Kent State University in 1951-53. In 1953 he was named fullback on the All Mid-American Conference team. But it was coaching where Cullom really came into his own. In 1968 his Green High School team won the Suburban League Championship and he was named the Summit County Coach of the Year. His untimely death cut short a promising coaching career.