Justin Huisman has been the head coach of the baseball program for the past six seasons after serving as an assistant coach for two years. In his six years at the helm he has posted a 158-151-1 overall record and in each season has increased their overall number of wins. This past spring the team set a new school record for most season wins with a 37-24-1 record. The team was also 18-11-1 in the conference for a third place finish.
For the past four seasons, Huisman has led the team to the conference tournament and to national tournament appearances. In 2013 they advanced to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round for the first time in the program’s history and for past three years earned a bid to the NCCAA National Championship. In 2016 they were the NCCAA North Central Region Champions.
Huisman entered the coaching realm after spending eight seasons pitching in the professional system from 2000-2007. In the 2005-06 off-season he served as an assistant coach at Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois, while continuing to work out himself. In 2008 Huisman sustained an injury that prevented him from continuing his playing career and allowed him to join the coaching staff at Trinity.
Huisman played at the University of Mississippi from 1997 to 2000, where he earned honors as an infielder and a closer. At Ole Miss he broke the single-season saves record in his sophomore year and surpassed his own mark the next year. He also broke the career saves records. Huisman earned All-American honorable mention honors as a third baseman in his freshman year.
After his junior year at Ole Miss, Huisman was drafted in the 15th round of the 2000 amateur draft by Colorado. In four seasons and jumping four levels with the Rockies, he put up an ERA of 1.86, 1.70, 1.57, and 1.75, respectively. Huisman notched 30 saves in Low-A, 22 saves in High-A, and 26 saves in AA (a new Tulsa record). For those years he made the All-Star team for the South Atlantic, Carolina, and Texas Leagues. In 2003 Baseball America added him to their All-Star team for all of the AA levels, thus leading him to be traded to Kansas City in 2004. Though starting out in AAA Omaha for the Royals, Huisman was quickly called up to the big leagues and made his major league debut on April 25th. He went on to pitch 25 innings for Kansas City that season. Before his injury, Huisman posted three more quality seasons in AAA and one stellar season in Independent League in Newark, New Jersey. In all, he compiled an ERA under a 2.00 in five of his eight professional seasons; leading to a career minor-league ERA of 3.27. He also pitched 405 innings, giving up just 391 hits, posted 86 career saves, and had 300 strikeouts to only 144 walks.
Huisman completed his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Purdue University-Calumet in 2009. At Trinity, in addition to his coaching responsibilities, he is an event staff manager at the College. He resides in Crown Point, Indiana, with his wife Julia, step-daughter Isabella, and daughter Summer.
Adam Enright enters his fourth season as an assistant coach at Trinity where he serves as the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator. Since 2014, the Trolls have finished each season as one of the top four CCAC teams in batting average, slugging percentage, hits, home runs, runs scored, total bases, and on base percentage. Most recently in 2016, Trinity led the conference in batting average, runs scored, on base percentage, and runs batted in. As a recruiter, Enright has helped secure six all-conference performers over the previous two recruiting classes.
In addition to coaching at Trinity, Enright has spent the past two summers managing the Northwest Indiana Oilmen of the Midwest Collegiate League. In 2016 he led that team to a league championship.
Previous to coming to Trinity he spent the 2013 season as an assistant at NCAA Division I University of Arkansas at Little Rock. As a hitting coach he helped the Trojans finish the season ranked sixth in the nation in home run average and eighth in total home runs. Enright began his coaching career in 2012 as the hitting coach at Chicago State University. Under his guidance, the Cougars finished that season ranked 39th of the 291 NCAA Division I baseball programs in team batting average.
As a college athlete, Enright played at South Suburban College in South Holland, Illinois, where he earned NJCAA All-American honors in 2009 after batting .446 with 17 doubles, five home runs, and 46 RBI. Enright transferred to the University of Southern Indiana and as junior started every game for the Screaming Eagles in their 2010 NCAA Division II national championship season. As a senior in 2011 Enright started in 55 games and helped USI win their fourth consecutive Great Lakes Valley Conference regular season championship.
Enright earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of Southern Indiana in 2011 and a Master’s of Arts in Education-Coaching from Greenville College (Illinois) in 2015.