Hartford, Conn. – George Suitor has stepped aside from his role as Trinity College Head Men and Women's Track and Field Coach after 26 seasons, and John Michael Mason, Trinity's associate head coach since 2016, will assume head coaching duties for Track & Field. Suitor will remain the Trinity Head Men's and Women's Cross Country Coach and with the track and field program as an assistant coach for the distance and middle-distance runners.
"Coach Suitor is a legend in this sport," said Director of Athletics Drew Galbraith. "This change allows us to maximize his efforts, support a rising professional in Coach Mason and provide focused high quality coaching for all of our student-athletes in cross country and track & field."
Trinity men's and women's track and field finished 15th and tied for 23rd, respectively, in the 2018 New England Division III Indoor Championships. In the spring, the Bantam men placed ninth in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championships, tied for 14th in the New England Division III Outdoor Championships, and 32nd in the New England Open Outdoor Championships. The Trinity women were seventh in the NESCAC Championships, fifth in the New England Division III Championships, and tied for 20th in the New England Open Championships during the 2018 outdoor campaign.
"I am excited that Coach Mason will be taking over day-to-day leadership of track & field. He has been a great athlete, captain, graduate assistant and then a full-time assistant coach. He has been loyal to our program and to say he bleeds blue and gold is an understatement," said Suitor. "One of my goals the last few years was for Trinity to have one of the best outdoor track facilities in New England, and I think we have accomplished this. I have also wanted the next coach to continue our philosophy of teaching life lessons to our athletes, and helping them get a great education. I think we will accomplish this with Coach Mason and this change."
Suitor has led his athletes to high athletic and academic achievements since arriving in Hartford in 1992. He has coached 28 All-Americans in men's and women's track since 2000 and his programs consistently earn distinction by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as National Academic Teams. Mason, a 2012 graduate of Trinity and a two-year captain of the track and field teams, has been a cross country and track and field assistant coach for the Bantams for five seasons and served as interim head men's and women's track and field coach in the spring of 2015. He was nominated for the 2017-18 USTFCCCA New England Region Assistant Coach of the Year award.
"I am excited to continue working hard for Trinity track & field and to build on the legacy Coach Suitor has created here," said Mason. "Every day is a positive experience when I have such a great group of coaches, students, alumni and the support of an athletic department who wants to grow this program for the future."