Football - Varsity
Trinity-Pawling football competes in the highly respected and competitive Erickson Conference. Each year, approximately 80 young men participate in the football program with about half being on the varsity and the other half on the JV team. The team is coached by Nick LaFontaine. After many years at the collegiate level, Nick is entering his first season as Head Coach of the Pride. On the athletic field, emphasis is always placed on the important lessons of the sport, i.e., team work, commitment, hard work and sportsmanship. The Pride has been very competitive over the years, winning four Erickson Conference championships under his tenure. In 2005, the Trinity-Pawling football team completed a perfect season, finishing 9-0 and winning both the Erickson Conference Championship and the New England Championship. In 2007, the Pride once again won the Erickson conference and the New England Class A Championship. The Pride won the New England championship recently by beating Andover 41-7 in the championship game. The Pride won another New England Championship Bowl game by defeating Kimball Union in 2008. The Pride have compiled a stellar record of 48-13 since 2004.
Many Trinity-Pawling players have gone on as student-athletes to play at the Division 1, 2 and 3 levels. Over the past few seasons T-P players have continued their careers at Stanford University, Boston College, Boise State, Columbia, Colgate, Toledo, Temple, Fordham, University of Rhode Island, University of Delaware, Sacred Heart, Monmouth, Merrimack, Shippensburg, Central Connecticut, Wesleyan, Hobart, Pace University, Catholic University, Bowdoin and Bentley.
Two former players were in the NFL. Chukki Okobi (1996), who graduated from Purdue University, was a member of the 2006 Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers. Charles Spencer (2001), who graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, played left offensive tackle for the Houston Texans.
Most recently Shayne Skov (2009) made the cover of Sports Illustrated including a centerfold, five page article that highlighted his path to Stanford, including a stop at Trinity-Pawling that ultimately "changed his life." Read the full article.