Trent Baltzell enters his third season at the helm of the Assumption Cross Country & Track and Field program in 2019 after leading it to one of the best years in program history during 2018-19. He took over the program after serving as an assistant coach the prior two years, working primarily with the program’s jumpers, throwers and multi events athletes.
During the 2018-19 season, Baltzell had six runners earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors between both men's and women's cross country programs. Under Baltzell's guidance, the men's team finished seventh in the NCAA Regionals, the best finish in program history, while he had one runner reach the NCAA cross country championships in the women's program. Baltzell had four earn USTFCCCA All-Region honors from the Men's Track & Field program, while he had several athletes earn NE-10 Weekly Honors in both the indoor and outdoor track seasons. For the women's track & field program, Baltzell had a school-record 15 student-athletes earn All-Region Honors, while he guided several to new school records. He had two student-athletes qualify for the NCAA Division II Track& Field Championships under his guidance, while standout Abby Jones earned USTFCCCA East Region Field Athlete of the Year and All-America Honos in the long jump, while he had Kialeigh Marston earn Second-Team All-America honors. His team took second at the NE10 Championships, while rookie Victoria Steffon earned NE10 Rookie of the Week Honors for times in a row.
Baltzell oversaw women's cross country reach its second consecutive NCAA Championships by winning the program's first East Regional Title in 2017. For his efforts he was honored as the USTFCCCA East Region Coach of the Year. He also had a school-record five student-athletes named All-Region. In track and field, both men's and women's programs set or matched the best finishes in program history. The men took fifth in the Indoor Championships and then placed sixth in the Outdoor Championships. The women, meanwhile, took fourth at the Indoor Championships and then a school-record third at the NE10 Outdoor Championships.
Individually, Baltzell produced a pair of All-Americans last year, including the first First-Team All-American in program history in Antonia Pagliuca. Assumption had 26 All-Region honorees over the course of the indoor and outdoor track seasons, as well as seven NE10 Champions. The men's track program broke 15 school records over the course of the year while the women shattered 26 school records between indoor and outdoor.
In his final year as an assistant, Baltzell helped the men's and women's programs recorded program-best finishes in both the NE10 Indoor and Outdoor Championships, highlighted by a sixth place finish for the men in outdoor while the women took third in outdoor. Both teams had more student-athletes score points than in any previous NE10 Championships, showcasing the program's depth of talent.
Individually, Baltzell oversaw 11 women's school records fall and four more on the men's side amongst jumpers, throwers and multi-event athletes this past season. Baltzell coached Abby Jones to a pair of USTFCCCA All-Region performances and also an NCAA provisional qualifying status in the heptathlon. On the men's side three athletes earned USTFCCA All-Region honors in both indoor and outdoor, in Dillon Bruso, Alex Cerbo & Kevin Hack. Just a freshman, Hack was also named the NE10 Indoor and Outdoor Field Rookie of the Year after winning the NE10 Championship in the high jump during both meets.
In his first season, Baltzell coached multiple USTFCCCA All-Region honorees, including Jones who concluded the 2015-16 year by earning NE10 Outdoor Field Rookie of the Year honors. He also coached Megan Perrin to an All-Region performance and a spot in the NCAA Championships where she placed 21st overall in the javelin.
Prior to Assumption, Baltzell was a member of the men’s track and field at Division I University of Rhode Island. A two-year captain in both indoor and outdoor track, he is the URI school-record holder in the decathlon with 7,075 points. Baltzell, a two-time Atlantic-10 Conference decathlon champion, also holds the New England Championship record in the heptathlon with 5,226 points in 2013. He claimed four overall Atlantic-10 titles in his career (two each indoor and outdoor track), as well as capturing the New England outdoor high jump title in 2011. Baltzell also helped his team earn the New England Outdoor Team Championship in 2012.
A 2014 graduate of URI, Baltzell earned his Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology (health fitness) from the University’s College of Human Science & Services. As an undergraduate, he worked as an intern in the Sports Medicine Department in 2013-2014, assisting the athletic training staff in a number of areas include supervising athletes through rehab protocols and composing rehabilitation programs for injured athletes.
In the spring of 2015, Baltzell worked as a personal track coach in Sutton, Mass., working with a number of middle school and high school athletes.
Baltzell currently resides in Sutton, Mass.