James Cosgrove begins his 10th season as head men's basketball coach at Trinity College in 2019-20, after guiding the Bantams to a 17-8 overall record and another appearance in post-season play. Over the last five seasons, Trinity has the second-best NESCAC record of the league's 11 teams at 34 wins and just 16 losses. Last winter, Trinity went 17-8 finishing among the top four places in the conference standings for the fourth time in the last five years, and the Bantams (15-10) and nearly knocked off Williams on the road in the NESCAC Quarterfinals two seasons ago. Trinity became the only team in the NESCAC to play in all of the previous four NESCAC Semifinals from 2014 to 2017. In 2016-17, Trinity went 16-10 and posted a road win in the NESCAC Quarterfinals at Wesleyan, before falling to Middlebury. In 2015-16, Cosgrove and the Bantams went 19-8 and played in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for the second year in a row, while Trinity was 23-7, hosted the first two rounds of the NCAA Tourney, and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight for the third time in program history in 2014-15. The Bantams are 34-16 in NESCAC play over the last five years, and ended 2015 ranked No. 17 nationally in the D3Hoops.com poll. Cosgrove led Trinity to records 15-11 in 2013-14 and 14-12 in 2010-11 with NESCAC Semifinal appearances in both of those seasons.
Trinity's historic run to the 2014-15 NCAA Elite Eight included NCAA wins over Colby-Sawyer (58-55), Salisbury (60-47), and Bates (79-62), and the Bantams came an overtime road loss against Babson (76-69) shy of reaching the program's second NCAA Final Four. Trinity won nine of ten conference games during the regular season, including six on the road, and hosted the NESCAC Final Four after a 66-63 victory against Colby in the quarterfinals of the league tournament. The Bantams repeated the feat the next winter, defeating every NESCAC team in the regular season except NCAA Final Four-bound Amherst, and hosted the NESCAC Final Four again following a 71-60 triumph over Colby in the quarterfinals. Trinity lost to eventual champion Middlebury in the NESCAC Semifinals, and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, but dropped a 75-73 decision against Johnson and Wales in the opening round. Cosgrove was honored as the 2014-15 NESCAC Coach of the Year and the 2015-16 Trinity Athletic Department Coach of the Year.
Cosgrove-coached teams are well-known for the defensive intensity and the 2018-19 Trinity squad was no different, finishing among the top 25 nationally in both field-goal percentage defense (40.0%) and three-point field-goal percentage defense (30.3%). The Bantams finished fourth nationally in field-goal percentage defense (38.1%), 10th in three-point, field-goal percentage defense (30.3%), and 17th in scoring defense (65.1 ppg) in 2017-18, and were 16th nationally in scoring defense (65.3 ppg) in 2016-17, and sixth in the nation in field goal-percentage defense (.386) in 2015-16. Trinity finished No. 2 nationally in field-goal percentage defense (.368) and third in three-point field-goal percentage defense (.277) in 2014-15, and was ranked second nationally in rebounding margin (+9.7 per game) in 2013-14. Cosgrove is 138-95 in nine seasons at Trinity, and has a 378-232 record in 22 seasons as a coach for a .616 winning percentage.
Prior to Trinity, Cosgrove posted a 166-77 record at Division II Adelphi University over eight seasons, and also served as head coach at Endicott College. Cosgrove’s teams posted a winning record and reached the post-season in each of his eight seasons at Adelphi. The Panthers won 20 or more games six times, won three league titles, and earned four NCAA Tournament bids in a five-year span. In 2009-10, Adelphi earned a 22-10 mark played in the Northeast-10 tournament finals. His 2008-09 Adelphi squad led NCAA Division II in field goal percentage defense (37.6) and was fourth nationally in scoring defense (58.9 ppg). Cosgrove was named as the East Coast Conference (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 73-60 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 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.
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 the Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year in 1984. Serving as team captain from 1985-87, Cosgrove 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 Prep School and St. Anselm College. An associate professor in the Trinity athletic department, Cosgrove resides in West Hartford with his wife, Christine, and is the proud father of son, Casey, and daughters, Maggie and Callie.