John Michael Mason, a 2012 graduate of Trinity College and a two-year captain of the Bantam track and field teams, was elevated to head coach of both men's and women's indoor and outdoor programs in August of 2018. Entering his eighth season on the coaching staff of Trinity's men's and women's cross country teams and track and field teams in 2019-20, Mason was named as associate head coach for Trinity's cross country and track and field squads in the summer of 2016 and previously served as interim cross country and track and field head coach for the Bantams during the 2015 spring semester.
Mason guided the Trinity men and women's teams to 13th place finishes in the 2019 New England Division III Indoor Championships. The Bantam women shined during the outdoor campaign, tying for fourth place in the New England Division III Outdoor Championships and placing 31st in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships with a pair of All-Americans. Mason was nominated for the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) New England Region Women's Head Coach of the Year in the spring 2019. Trinity received no less than 12 USTFCCCA All-Region men's and women's accolades in 2018-19.
During the 2017-18 season, Mason was nominated for United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) New England Region Assistant Coach of the Year after helping coach the women's squad to a No. 6-ranking in New England at the end of the season, the third highest among New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) teams, and a fifth-place finish in the New England Division III Championships. On the men's side, five competitors earned All-New England recognition in the outdoor championships where the team finished 14th out of 30 teams.
Mason was a national qualifier for the Bantams, helping the distance medley relay finish 10th at the 2010 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships. A multiple NESCAC All-Academic honoree, Mason graduated from Trinity with the academic distinctions of Honors in General Scholarship and Optimus. He was also inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa society after seven semesters at Trinity. A native of Nahant, Mass., Mason continues to direct the Trinity Film Festival, which he founded in 2011. Mason earned a bachelor's degree in Classical Foundations of American Cultural History from the College, and received his master’s degree with honors in American Studies from Trinity in 2014.