Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College Wrestling Head Coach Marques Gales (5th season) has been promoted to full-time, as announced by the College's athletic department. The position was previously a part-time position but after seeing the success that Gales has had with the team since his arrival in 2013-14, the athletic department decided it to be essential to the program to promote him.
"I am extremely honored to become full-time as the Head Wrestling Coach. I would like to thank former Athletic Director Mike Renwick and Interim Athletic Director Kristen Noone for making it happen."
While at the helm of the Bantams wrestling program over the last four seasons, Gales was also employed by Capitol Region Education Council's (CREC) Academy of Aerospace and Engineering Middle School in Windsor as an associate instructor. Gales saw success in his first year leading the program, as the team sent two representatives to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2001 in 2013-14. Gales was also honored for his outstanding effort as one of three to share the 2014 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) National Rookie Coach of the Year honors. Trinity improved its win total by five from two to seven in 2015-16 with a 7-11 overall record, and won another five matches last winter. The Bantams finished ninth in the 2016 New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Duals Championship Tournament, its best finish since 2012-13, and 16th in last year's NCAA Division IIII Regional Championships. Last year's team finished seventh in the nation in team GPA (3.31) and returns 10 starters this winter from last year's regional championship squad.
"Serving as head coach in a full-time capacity is a huge step towards helping our program reach its fullest potential. My assistants and I will have more time to spend on the daily, behind the scenes tasks necessary for the program to thrive. We are now able to be more creative with our practice schedule and we'll have more time to spend with our student-athletes during the day."