The 2019 campaign marks the 28th season for Trinity College Cross Country Head Coach George Suitor. He ended his 26-year tenure as Trinity's track and field head coach in August of 2018, but continues with that program as an assistant working with the distance and middle distance runners. Suitor has led his athletes to high athletic and academic achievements during his time at the helm, including ten All-Americans and 20 All-New England Bantams as the cross country coach at Trinity, while the squads consistently earn distinction by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as National Academic Teams. The 2018 cross country season saw the Trinity men's team finish with five top-ten finishes, including two invitational wins, and a 12th-place finish out of 55 teams at the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championships. The Bantam women placed among the top ten in five of their seven meets and were 15th at the NCAA Division III Regional Championships.
The Bantams have qualified for three NCAA Division III National Men's Championships in the last 12 years, including a best-ever, seventh-place finish in the 2008 NCAA Division III National Meet. Trinity made trips to the NCAA Division III Men's National Championships in 2000, 2006, 2007, and 2008 while missing the championship meet by one place on two other occasions. In 2002, Suitor coached Trinity’s first NCAA Division III National Men’s Cross Country Champion (Ryan Bak ’03), who won the 8,000-meter final race with a course record time of 25:01. Suitor was selected as the 2008 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year, after guiding the Bantams to second in the league championships that fall. Trinity women’s cross country earned consecutive bids to the NCAA Division III National Championships with fourth-place performances at the New England meet in 2002 and 2003. In 2003, the Trinity women finished as the NCAA Division III National Runners-Up with a tremendous performance in the national meet that ranks among the best in Trinity sports history.
Suitor’s coaching philosophy requires each runner to establish a series of goals that will enable the athlete to reach his or her potential. As a result, there is a gradual increase in training intensity as the athlete progresses from high school to college. Suitor seeks athletes who are committed to the sport, to a demanding workload, and to a team concept. Suitor came to Trinity in 1992 after a highly successful tenure at the high school level. His scholastic teams in Manchester, Connecticut won three state championships and three runner-up distinctions, and achieved more than 225 dual-meet victories. Suitor, retired from his career as an educator in Manchester, now devotes himself full time to his duties with Trinity’s cross country and track and field squads. He was inducted into the Connecticut State High School Hall of Fame in the fall of 2015.