It’s been a busy few weeks for Trinity Athletic Director Mike Renwick, as the Bantams announced the appointment of three new head coaches over the past three days to complete its staff roster for the 2013-14 seasons.
Having hired Bryan Adamski as Trinity’s new head baseball coach in early July, the College announced that Marques Gales would be the new head wrestling coach on Tuesday, August 13, and that four-time Olympic Medalist Jenny Potter would be the new women’s ice hockey coach the next day, before completing the trifecta on Thursday, August 15 with the appointment of current men’s ice hockey coach as the successor to Bill Detrick as the golf coach.
Gales comes to Trinity from Springfield College, where he served as an assistant coach for three years. At Springfield, he helped the Pride win three New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Championships and coached five All Americans and one NCAA Division III Champion. Gales replaces Steve Makein who resigned in the spring after six seasons.
"I am very excited to announce the hiring of Marques Gales as Trinity's next head wrestling coach," said Renwick. "He is an extremely impressive young man who is driven to make an impact on student-athletes both on the wrestling mat and in life. As an accomplished collegiate wrestler himself, Marques brings instant credibility to the mat to go with the coaching experience he gained at Springfield."
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Potter, widely regarded as one of the greatest female hockey players of all time, brings 16 years of coaching experience from the youth to the elite levels to a Bantam squad that has made seven New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship Tournament appearances in the last nine years, including an NCAA Tournament berth in 2010. Trinity was 15-7-3 last season under Carson Duggan who resigned after two seasons to become an assistant coach at Ohio State University.
Potter attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth for three years and the University of Minnesota for one year, earning All-American and Academic All-American status in all four collegiate seasons. In addition, she set both a program record for goals scored with the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs and an NCAA record for goals in a game with six. Potter led the Bulldogs to a National Championship title in 2002-03 and was the nation’s leading scorer in 1999-2000. A two-time Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) MVP, Potter earned her bachelor’s degree from Minnesota-Duluth in organizational behavior management in 2004.
"I want to thank President [James F.] Jones and Athletic Director Michael Renwick for the opportunity to guide and mentor the young women in the Trinity Bantam hockey program," said Potter. "I fell in love with Trinity the minute I stepped on campus and I am so excited to begin helping our players reach their full potential on and off the ice."
Potter medaled in each of her Olympic appearances, helping Team USA earn a gold medal in the 1998 Olympic Games, silver medals in 2002 and 2010, and a bronze medal in 2006. In the 2010 Olympics, Potter led the United States in scoring and became the first Olympic player to net hat tricks in back-to-back games. That year, she also served as athletic director and team captain of Team USA hockey. In addition, Potter helped Team USA win World Championship titles in 2005, 2008, 2009, and 2011, and was the Player of the Year for Canada’s Western Women’s Hockey League in 2009.
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Currently entering his third season as Trinity's head men's ice hockey coach, Greason was a two-year captain and an All-New England and All-NESCAC linksman for the Bantams under Detrick. He has guided the Trinity men's ice hockey program to the post-season in each of his first two seasons, and was named the NESCAC Men's Ice Hockey Coach of the Year in 2012-13. Greason replaces his former coach following this summer’s retirement of Detrick after 22 seasons.
Trinity golf finished as the NESCAC runners-up in Detrick's final season, winning the league's fall qualifying tournament and falling two strokes short of Williams in the NESCAC Championship Tournament in May. The Bantams have qualified for all seven NESCAC Championship Tournaments, winning the league title and qualifying for the NCAA Division III Championships in 2009-10. In addition to the team success, Trinity golfers have claimed NESCAC Player of the Year honors in six of the last eight years.
"I am very pleased Matt has agreed to lead our golf program," Renwick said. "Matt has done a wonderful job with our men's ice hockey program and I am very excited to see the new heights he can attain within the golf team. I know it holds a very special place for him within his overall Trinity experience as a student-athlete so I am excited for the future. It is a program I feel can achieve great things here at Trinity."
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