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Trinity Hires Cosgrove As Head Men's Basketball Coach

Trinity Hires Cosgrove As Head Men's Basketball Coach

Hartford, Conn., April 26, 2010 – Trinity College is pleased to announce the hiring of James Cosgrove (West Hartford, Conn.), who posted a 166-77 record at Adelphi University over the last eight seasons, as its new head men’s basketball coach.  Cosgrove, who also has head coaching experience at Endicott College, is the 16th Trinity men’s basketball coach in the 105-year history of the varsity program.  The Bantam men’s basketball squad posted a 10-14 record last winter and a 3-6 mark in the NESCAC.  Trinity qualified for the NESCAC Championship Tournament for the 10th consecutive season, losing at Middlebury in the quarterfinal, 56-52.  Cosgrove replaces Sean Tabb, who coached for two years on an interim basis following the retirement of 27-year head coach Stanley Ogrodnik.

Cosgrove’s teams have posted a winning record and reached the post-season in each of his eight seasons at Adelphi, won 20 or more games six times, and earned four NCAA Tournament bids in a five-year span from 2002-03 to 2006-07.  Cosgrove guided Adelphi into the NCAA Second Round in 2005-06.  Last winter, in its first season in the highly-competitive Northeast 10 Conference, Adelphi earned a 22-10 mark and played its way into the league tournament finals with three post-season victories.  His teams have been regularly ranked among the best in the nation defensively, including the 2008-09 squad that led NCAA Division II in field goal percentage defense (37.6 FG%) and was fourth nationally in scoring defense (58.9 ppg).  In the classroom, his players at Adelphi had a 100 percent graduation rate in seven seasons prior to 2009-10.

“We are thrilled to welcome James Cosgrove as the next men’s basketball coach at Trinity College,” states Trinity Athletic Director Rick Hazelton.  “He has tremendous basketball knowledge, passion, work ethic, and a proven track record of high success everywhere he has been.  Coach Cosgrove has also displayed a commitment to the overall development of his student-athletes throughout his fine career, and he will be a fine addition to the athletic department and to the campus community. We welcome him back to the Hartford area.”

Adelphi won the East Coast Conference (ECC, formerly NYCAC) Championship title in his first season at the school in 2002-03, and captured the league crown again in 2005-06 and in 2006-07.  Adelphi reached the ECC Finals in 2007-08, and finished atop the ECC regular season standings in 2004-05 and 2005-06.  Cosgrove was named as the ECC Coach of the Year in 2004-05 and as the Metropolitan Writers Association Division II Coach of the Year in both 2004-05 and 2005-06.  At Endicott, Cosgrove accumulated a 68-39 record including an 18-10 record in 1999-00, the program’s first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championship title, and its first bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.  His 1998-99 Endicott team won the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) regular-season crown and earned Cosgrove GNAC Coach of the Year honors.  He has a 234-116 record in 13 seasons as a head coach for a .669 winning percentage. 

Cosgrove also served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, St. Anselm College, from 1993-97, helping the Hawks to an 89-29 record, three straight NCAA Tournament appearances, and a pair of conference championships.  Also owning coaching experience at St. Thomas More Prep School in Connecticut and at the University of Hartford, Cosgrove graduated from St. Anselm in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and owns a master’s degree in teaching from Sacred Heart University.  He was a two-time All-Northeast 10 selection and Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year in 1984. Serving as team captain from 1985-87, he led St. Anselm to a 25-5 record and a No. 6 national ranking in the Division II Final Poll in 1987. He held the school's all-time record in assists and steals and was inducted into the St. Anselm College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993.  In 2007 Cosgrove was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as a player at St. Thomas More High School and St. Anselm College.

“I am excited to come back home, but I am much more excited to be a part of Trinity College’s rich tradition of excellence in both academics and athletics,” states Cosgrove, who grew up in West Hartford.  “If Trinity were not in Connecticut, I would be just as happy to get this chance.  The Trinity basketball team has consistently competed at a high level in an elite Division III conference, the NESCAC, and I am honored to be the next head coach of the Bantam program.”

The Trinity College men's basketball team has recorded a winning record in 15 of the last 17 seasons. The program has established itself as one of the winningest at the College and in the country, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament in six of the last 13 seasons.  In 2007-08, the Bantams won their first NESCAC title and in 1994-95, the team earned its way into the NCAA Division III Final Four.