Trinity College (CT) Men's Soccer iNformation Page

Trinity College Men's Soccer

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. 3 of the past 4 years National Champion has come from our league, but even more interesting is that each time the national champion lost in our conference quarter finals.

We had a tough campaign this fall and probably set a record for injuries in one season. We have a strong squad returning to our brand new facility in 2018 and we are highly anticipating this fall with the continued growth the boys have been up to this off season.

Beating the #3 ranked Williams College in OT.

Our Facilities

The 245' x 390' soccer field can be striped at the NCAA-recommended 225' x 360'. It is a premium sand-based Kentucky Bluegrass sodded field with underdrainage and irrigation. Soccer matches will be playable during rainfall events on this surface, as this type of field provides efficient vertical drainage. The field is accompanied by a 350-seat bleacher system and a new enclosed press box for use by coaches, press and filming. A new scoreboard was provided to match the new stadium features. The field is lit by four Musco sports light towers to 50 FC.

"Obviously, it’s such a jump start for our program to have not only a new field, but with the lights, press box, the whole complex will be a recruiting tool as well as an amazing place to play," said Trinity Men's Soccer Coach Mike Pilger. "It's awesome that we got a natural grass surface, which suits our playing style and makes for a much more appealing brand of soccer. The alumni, players, and coaches are thrilled it turned out the way it has. It’s beautiful!"

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.

Ferris Athletic Center Varsity Weight Room


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 follow click here.

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


  • 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.


  • Internship placements at more than 200 sites throughout Greater Hartford
  • Our Community Learning Initiative (CLI) and the new CLI Research Fellows Program involve almost all of our academic departments, dozens of community organizations, and about half of our students. CLI courses offer students a natural way to connect with people outside of campus, develop a sense of civic responsibility, and gain the satisfaction of having a hand in creating solutions
  • Abundant established community service opportunities, coordinated through Trinity's Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement
  • Study-abroad opportunities at Trinity's Rome campus and at our international program sites in Vienna, Austria; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Paris, France; Cape Town, South Africa; Barcelona, Spain; Port of Spain, Trinidad; and Shanghai, China; or with other affiliated programs in 40 countries on six continents
  • Domestic study-away programs, including Trinity/La MaMa Performing Arts Semester in New York City; research in Washington, D.C.; maritime studies at Mystic Seaport; Twelve-College Exchange; and theater courses at the National Theater Institute
  • The Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS) involves faculty and students in Hartford-based teaching, research, and outreach initiatives and offers opportunities to connect these endeavors to Trinity's global learning programs


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.

Recruiting Information

One Day Recruiting Clinics

The purpose of our ID Clinics is to not only identify talented players, but also to get the chance to interact with prospective students on the field. By coming to the clinic you will be able to see what the environment is like in our program. Our coaching staff will run similar sessions to what we do in our fall season. Due to NESCAC rules we are unable to talk to you during club/high school games, but at our clinics we really get to know you.

Clinic Dates

  • Sunday April 22
  • Sunday June 10
  • Sunday August 5
  • Sunday August 19

Click on Bantam Soccer Schools to find more information on our one day recruiting clinics and register online!

Contact information

  • Head Coach Mike Pilger: Michael.Pilger@trincoll.edu
  • Assistant Coach Zack Grady: Zachary.Grady@trincoll.edu

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