Hartford, Conn. - From the time she was three years old, senior Erin Cunningham (Wilton, Conn.) knew she wanted to play basketball, eventually finding her way to Trinity College. “My dad has always been a big basketball fan, so he signed my sister and I up for ‘Peanuts’ basketball in our hometown and coached our team,” said Cunningham. “I was interested in Trinity because of the combination of high caliber academics and athletics. When I visited campus all the girls on the team were so friendly and welcoming, which ultimately helped me decide that I wanted to come to Trinity.”
When Cunningham committed to Trinity, she didn’t commit to current head coach, Emily Garner, but the coach previous to her, and played for Garner from her sophomore to senior year. “It was definitely an adjustment for everyone. There were a lot of changes to the program such as team standards, expectations, and style of play,” Cunningham said.
Cunningham’s position on the team also changed, which was an adjustment for her. “My position/role also shifted. My freshman year I played more of a guard/swing player position, where sophomore year in Coach’s offense, I was moved into more of a back-to-the-basket post player. There were some growing pains for both the team and me personally, but with time and communication with Coach Garner, we all started to understand each other and learned how to work together. My relationship with Coach has definitely grown over time, and she has been a great mentor and resource for me throughout my time at Trinity.”
Coach Garner (3rd season) had positive things to say about Cunningham as well regarding her as a player, person and role-model to the team. “Erin was a great leader because of her relatability to others, her commitment and dedication to the team, and her ability to lead and motivate on the floor,” said Garner. “She earned a great deal of respect not only from the coaching staff, but also from her teammates, and did a tremendous job helping to lead and develop our team culture.”