BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Former Bulldog Sean Trinque is Union's new head cycling coach, Union College Director of Athletics Tim Curry announced recently.
A four-year member of the Bulldog cycling team, Trinque was a part of two conference championship squads and helped Union to two second-place finishes at nationals.
"We are excited to have Sean join our coaching staff and to take over the cycling program," said Curry. "Having been a member of the team before, he is very familiar with the program and the success it has had. I look forward to seeing the program continue to flourish under his leadership."
A 2011 graduate of Union with a bachelor of science in outdoor recreation and natural resources, Trinque competed for the Bulldogs from 2007-10. The team finished second at the NCCA National Mountain Bike Championships during his final two years.
"It's good to get back in the world of cycling," said Trinque. "If you had asked me when I was a freshman if would end up coaching, I'd said 'No.' But this seems to be one of the better decisions I've made."
Hailing from Pascoag, R.I., Trinque is excited to be back at Union on a more permanent basis.
"I really enjoy the area, and some of the best training (for cycling) is in southeastern Kentucky both on the trails and the road," he said.
After graduating, Trinque worked in an recreation area back in Rhode Island, managing a beach front. During the winters, however, he was back in Kentucky helping the team build trails to ride.
The Bulldog cycling program has been a model for success at Union for over the past decade. The Bulldogs won NCCA Division II National Championships in 2002 and 2011 and placed in the top six at nationals every year for the past 12 years. Since 2009, Union has either won or placed second. The Bulldogs also boast eight individual national champions with 2012 NCCA Division II Men's Omnium winner Wesley Lamberson returning for the upcoming season.
"I really hope to have a repeat national champion in Wes this year, and hopefully, we will take two national championships as Kara Uhl and Mary Martinez are strong contenders on the women's side," Trinque said. "As a team, we are in a rebuilding year, but the foundation is there for us to help continue the legacy of excellence the cycling program has come to enjoy."
Trinque replaces Peter Haile, who resigned after one season with the Bulldogs.
Union will open the 2013 season on Sept. 7-8 at East Tennessee State University.