Trinity College (CT) Men's Soccer iNformation Page


We play in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). The NESCAC is widely known as the top DIII soccer league in the country. Our league typically sends 4-5 teams to the NCAA tournament every year...far more than any other conference. In 3 of the past 5 years, the National Champion has come from our league, but even more interesting is that each of these National championship teams lost in the conference quarterfinal to the 8th seeded team. This year the 1,2, & 3rd seeds lost in the quarter finals of the NESCAC Tournament. Essentially, from the top to the bottom our league is very competitive.

The NESCAC is made up of 11 schools: Amherst, Colby, Connecticut College, Bates, Bowdoin, Hamilton, Middlebury, Trinity, Wesleyan, Williams and Tufts.


Our 2018 campaign was a tough one as we were a young squad with several important figures out for the entire season. However, traditionally we are a team that is ranked in the NCAA Top 25 poll. We are looking to bring the program back to that level and our players are working hard this off season to elevate the program back to the top. As far as our style goes, we try and play. We try for combinations in the final third and we aim to build out of the back and play with the ball on the ground.

Beating the #3 ranked Williams College in OT.

Our Soccer Field

Our game field is in a convenient location in the middle of campus, which draws great crowds for home contests.

We also have one of the few natural grass fields in all of Division III that has lights.

Weight Training

The strength and conditioning program used at Trinity College is a “Hybrid Training” model. This means we use an assortment of training styles that meet the requirement of being orthopedically safe and physiologically sound. The entire body must be trained in a comprehensive manner with no exercise overemphasized or underemphasized. The program revolves around the use of ground-based, multi-jointed movement patterns during the weight training portion of the program while concurrently addressing the specific metabolic demands of each sport.

After a break after the season, the guys get into the weight room 3 times a week with a full time lifting coach. They also go outside on the track with him once a week as well for conditioning.

The Education

We have a student population of about 2,500, which means you won't get stuck in any intro courses with hundreds of students taught by a teacher's assistant. We offer a wide range of majors and minors. We are one of two schools in the conference that offer engineering as a major! Additionally our players will decide to do junior spring in a foreign country through one of the many opportunities Trinity offers. For more information on our majors click here.

Raether Library

Trinity College’s curriculum prepares students for living and working in a globalizing world, leading socially meaningful and personally satisfying lives. The curriculum is premised fundamentally on close interaction between faculty and students, where collaborative learning in and out of the classroom thrives. In providing a 21st century liberal arts education, Trinity’s curriculum also draws on creative and critical pedagogies, experiential offerings, as well as technology and digital media to deepen student learning

The work you do here has the potential to reach from the classroom to the surrounding city to the world at large. A Trinity education combines intimate learning environments, broad perspectives, and bold exploration to help you develop into exactly what you want to be (yes, even if you’re a chemistry major with a passion for art, or an anthropologist who loves to sing a cappella).

Trinity offers many opportunities for students to engage in research, both on and off campus. There are experiences to suit a wide range of interests, from independent student designed research projects, to close collaborations with professors from all academic divisions, to research projects conducted in collaboration with a community partner in the greater Hartford region, to participation in clinical research projects at area medical centers.

Hartford, Connecticut

Trinity College isn’t located in a small town. We’re in a thriving capital city. Though our close-knit campus is quintessentially collegiate, we’re unmistakably located in an urban environment. It’s where we work, where we intern, where we shop and eat, where we volunteer, and where we live. Hartford is in our bones. It makes us who we are.

Our city roots run so deep that we founded an innovative Center for Urban and Global Studies to study city life around the world. So while some students travel to the megacities of China and others stay right here in Hartford, every Trinity student is made stronger and more world ready by experiencing the city.

Real World Opportunities

Studying Abroad

Trinity College takes a global view of learning, so both international study abroad and domestic study away options are available and encouraged for interested students. Over 60 percent of Trinity students study away from campus at some point during their undergraduate career. We’ve selected and approved a broad range of programs so that every eligible Trinity student can take advantage of a summer or semester studying off campus while staying on track for major, minor and graduation requirements. There are program options to fit all needs and interests, even sciences and engineering, and the staff in the Office of Study Away will assist you in planning an experience to complement your studies in Hartford.

Career Development

Career preparation begins long before the senior year. From the two-day intensive Bantam Sophomore Success program, to case interviewing workshops and alumni networking sessions, Career Services offers tools for all levels of Trinity students. Our experienced staff can help you identify your strengths, find internships and summer jobs, and prepare a job-ready résumé. Not only will you have access to TrinityRecruiting, our online job listing service, but we’ll help you build the skills you need to ace an interview and connect you with Trinity’s extensive alumni network.


  • A nonprofit, independent, nonsectarian liberal arts college located in the capital city of Hartford, Connecticut
  • Student/faculty ratio of 9:1
  • Approximately 2,200 undergraduate men and women from 45 states and 67 countries; 53 percent male, 48 percent female, 18 percent students of color
  • Among the country's most selective colleges
  • Founded in 1823—one of the oldest colleges in the country
  • Located in Hartford, CT—2 hours from both Boston and NYC.


Team IMPACT matches children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness to collegiate sports team. On Friday, January 26, the Trinity College men's soccer team signed Nathaniel, a brave 14-year-old boy battling acute leukemia, to the program during a special Team IMPACT Draft Day Ceremony at the Ferris Athletic Center. Head Coach Mike Pilger shared the values of the Trinity men's moccer team with Nathaniel and presented him with official team apparel. With the team present at the ceremony, Nathaniel signed his official contract to uphold the values of the team and shared his excitement for building a relationship with the Bantams. As a member of the team, not only will Nathaniel have the opportunity to attend games, practices, and other team events, but the team will also be visiting him at medical treatments to show their support.

Head Coach Mike Pilger

Coach Pilger just completed his 15th year at Trinity.

Coach Pilger is a 1982 graduate of Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education, where he was an all-conference and an all-New England player throughout his career. He went on to play professionally and semi-professionally for six years.

Coach Pilger has also coached at Kenyon College (1988-1991), University of Rochester (1992-2001) and Case Western Reserve (2004). He also coached in the professional ranks with the Cleaveland Crunch of the Major Indoor Soccer League.

Coach Pilger has guided teams to undefeated seasons and has been named conference coach of the year on several different occasions. In 1990 he was named DIII National Coach of the year.

Contact Information: Michael.Pilger@trincoll.edu

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