Trinity College appointed Drew Galbraith as director of athletics & chair of physical education on October 19, 2017, and he continues to make a significant impact on Bantam Athletics. Galbraith experience spans 29 years of NCAA Division I, II and III collegiate athletics administration.
At Trinity, Galbraith is responsible for Trinity’s 30 varsity teams, over 700 varsity student-athletes, as well as 70 coaches and staff. In addition, he oversees all club and intramural activities and chairs the College’s Physical Education Department, which offers dozens of classes each semester.
The Trinity College Department of Athletics and Physical Education comprises three areas of interest for campus activities: athletics, physical education, and recreation. The department has a strong and storied tradition that prides itself on a broad-based program that sponsors 30 sports—15 men’s and 15 women’s. Sports have always been a part of the fabric of life at Trinity. Our students have played intercollegiate football for 138 years. In 1856, they created the College’s first rowing club. They played their first baseball game against another organized team just three years after the Civil War. They have played basketball since 1896. In 1969, the College became a coeducational institution, and a women’s varsity sports program blossomed. The varsity teams compete in the New England Small College Athletic Conference, arguably the toughest NCAA Division III conference in the nation. Bantam teams have captured 26 national titles in eight different sports, including 24 titles in the last 21 years. Trinity has earned nine NESCAC titles over the past two years and 36 in the past decade, second most in the NESCAC during that span.
In an effort to create a sustainable financial future for the Athletic Department, Galbraith headed athletic fundraising initiatives leading to records for annual giving, new alumni donors and total athletic donors in 2018-19. In addition, the College has secured several new athletic endowments in the past two years. Building on success of athletic facility projects completed in the past decade, Robin L. Sheppard Field was replaced in 2018 and Oosting Gymnasium received a facelift and all new seating in 2019. Women’s golf was added in the fall of 2018 as Trinity’s 30th sport and 15th women’s sport.
Galbraith came to Trinity after 14 years at Dartmouth College, where he was the senior associate director of athletics and executive director of Dartmouth Peak Performance, a program that integrates services and resources to help student-athletes achieve excellence. At Dartmouth, Galbraith helped lead a comprehensive athletics program of 35 varsity teams, 33 club sports, and 24 intramural sports. He served as sport administrator for the Dartmouth Big Green football program, as well as for women’s rugby and men’s and women’s cross country and track and field. Over the years, Galbraith has served as sport administrator for 13 other teams at Dartmouth, overseeing coaches and all aspects of their programs. He also served as a liaison to health professionals who work with student-athletes. Galbraith is active in NCAA committee service, having served previously on the NCAA Academics, Eligibility and Compliance Cabinet, the Division I Administration Cabinet, the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Committee (4 years), and the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Skiing Committee (6 years). He chaired the soccer committee for two years and the skiing committee for four years.
Galbraith earned both a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from the College of William & Mary. He began his career in media relations and broadcasting at Virginia Commonwealth University. He joined Dartmouth in 2004 as associate director of athletics after serving in compliance roles in the athletics departments at William & Mary and at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.