The Trinity Athletic Department is excited to announce the return of a Trojans Hall of Famer to lead the Track program. Coach Craig Polman is a 1981 graduate who was a four-year varsity letterman in cross country and three-time letter earner in track and field. Craig placed 20th at the OHSAA state championship cross country meet his senior year and held the school record in the 3200 meter run for nearly 30 years. He was honored amongst the second induction class of the Trinity Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994. Coach Polman continued his running career as a member of the cross country and track and field teams at Mount Union College where he competed in five national championship meets earning Division III All-American recognition twice. During his collegiate career, Polman won one Ohio Athletic Conference individual championship in cross country and three in track and field.
In 2008, Coach Polman became the cross country and track and field head coach at Independence High School. While there, his XC teams qualified five times for the state meet winning back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010 and finishing as runner-ups in 2011. In track and field, his teams won five Chagrin Valley Conference crowns and eighteen of his athletes qualified for the OHSAA state championship meet in sprint, distance, throwing and jumping events as well as the pole vault.
Coach Polman takes over a program that saw incredible success under Coach John Kall for over 4 decades, winning the boys State Title in 2009, three boys Regional Championships, 25 boys and 13 girls League Titles and 11 individual State Champions. “I am so honored to be returning to my alma mater and carry on the legacy that Coach Kall began during my freshman year,” Coach Polman said.
“This is another great day for Trinity athletics,” said SanFilippo. “To bring back one of our own family with the credentials of someone like Craig is special for our Track and Field program.”