Hockey - Varsity
Trinity-Pawling hockey has a rich tradition that dates back to the 1940's. David Tirrell, whose name adorns the hockey rink (completely renovated in 2007), was one of the school's first coaches. Bill Cooper coached a very successful program from 1961 to 1981. Dave Reece took over and he handed over the reigns to Brian Foster in 1988. Coach Foster played on an 18-1-1 squad that won the Housatonic Hockey League in 1979. He also coached a team to the same championship in 1990. Coach Foster stepped down after the 2010 season and Rob Hutchison,'03 has taken over.
The Housatonic Hockey League added teams in 1999 to include the perennial Founders League powers (Avon Old Farms, Choate, Loomis, Hotchkiss, Kent, Taft, and Westminster) as well as non-Founders League rivals Deerfield and Salisbury. The Housatonic League is considered to be one of the best prep leagues in the country. The Pride also competes against other New England West teams: Gunnery, Albany Academy, Canterbury, and Millbrook.
Players generally matriculate to some of the most competitve colleges in the country. Rob MacGregor, '09 had a terrific freshman season at Bowdoin College last year. Colin Bessey, '08 has been the starting goalie at Skidmore College. Other players have moved on to play at Army, Maine, Lake Superior State, University of New Hampshire (Chicago Blackhawks), Notre Dame, Canisius, Norwich, Elmira, Hobart, Oswego, Geneseo, Western New England, St. Anslems, Babson, St. Michaels, Plattsburgh and Wesleyan.
Trinity-Pawling hockey players have developed a reputation throughout western New England as being a hard working group that plays with passion and good sportsmanship. Practices are designed to help players improve their individual skills as well as becoming better team players. One goal of the program is to prepare the student-athletes for their futures in hockey and in life.