Jeff Devanney begins his 14th season as head football coach at Trinity College in the fall of 2019. Trinity hired Devanney, a 1993 graduate of the College, as its 27th head coach in December of 2005. He had been Trinity’s defensive coordinator in 2005, its special teams coordinator from 2001 to 2004, its secondary coach from 2002 to 2005, and its defensive line coach in 2001. Devanney, NESCAC Coach of the Year in two of the last three seasons, has continued to coach the Bantam defensive backs each fall. In his rookie year at the helm, the Trinity defense surrendered just 54 points all season, and the Bantams have outscored their opponents, 2,238-951, in his 14-year tenure as head coach. In 2016, Trinity posted a perfect 8-0 record to win the NESCAC title for the eighth time in program history, and the Bantams three-peated as NESCAC Champions with an 8-1 record last autumn.
In Devanney’s 17 years on the Bantam staff, Trinity has been ranked No. 1 in total defense in the country five times and posted 26 shutouts. Last fall, the Bantams led the league for the second year in a row in both scoring defense (10 ppg, 5th in nation) and scoring offense (36 ppg), pass efficiency defense (91.36, 9th in nation), passing yards allowed (149.4 per game, 13th in nation) and kickoff return average (25.9). In 2015, the Bantams ranked No. 1 in the nation in red-zone defense (.458), and Trinity led the country in kickoff return average with 28.1 yards per attempt in 2014. In 2012, Trinity yielded NCAA Division III-lows of 195.5 yards per contest, 8.1 points per game, and 53.6 yards per game on the ground. Trinity also led the nation statistically in rushing defense (63.5 ypg), total defense (195.5 g), and scoring defense (8.13 ppg) while posting four shutouts in 2011, and finished first in the nation in rushing defense (45.50 ypg) in 2010. In 2006, Trinity led the country in scoring defense and total defense.
A star player in football and baseball for the College, Devanney was voted the NESCAC Football Defensive Player of the Year in 1992. He appears among the College’s all-time leaders in punt returns and stolen bases in baseball. Devanney earned his master’s degree in liberal studies from SUNY-Albany in 1995. Prior to Trinity, Devanney was the defensive coordinator at Central Connecticut State University from 1998-2000. He also served as a secondary coach at Georgia Tech and worked with the wide receivers and tight ends at Albany and Coast Guard. A professor in the Trinity athletic department, Devanney and his wife, Michele, their daughters, Shea and Caitlin, and their son, Sean, reside in Newington, Conn.