Coaching Staff

Head Coach

Bob Brickman
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Bob Brickman '03 has been the head coach of the men's and women's cross country teams for the past 14 seasons and was an assistant coach in the program for one year prior to that. He has led the women’s team to ten and the men’s team to eight top five finishes at the CCAC Championships.  For the 2017 season, the women’s team finished in third place while the men’s team was sixth.   

In 2017 Brickman had two NAIA National Championship qualifiers, who both earned All-American honors.  He coached two national qualifiers in 2016, three in the 2015 season, and four, the most for the program, in 2014.

Overall in his career he has had 27 individual national qualifiers.  He has also had a NAIA All-American runner in five seasons and in 2013 had a NCCAA national individual champion. In addition Brickman’s teams have earned scholar team awards for the past nine seasons.   

Brickman earned his bachelor's degree in business at Trinity. As a student-athlete he was a four-year runner in cross country and track and field, served as a team captain, and participated in NCCAA national meets for each sport.  

Along with coaching the cross country teams, Brickman is the head coach of the track and field program.  He served five years as the NCCAA national sport chair for cross country. In addition he is employed by the security department of the College. He resides with his wife Katie, daughter Autumn, and son Bobby in Oak Forest, Illinois.

Assistant Coaches

Joey Lerner ’10 has been with the coaching staff for the past eight seasons. He was a four-year member of the cross country and track teams at Trinity. As a senior he posted his best career time in the 8K with a 30:00 at a meet at Illinois State University. In track he was a middle distance runner and holds a school records in the distance medley relay. He earned NCCAA all-American honors for the indoor season and was also a scholar-athlete.  

Lerner graduated from Trinity in 2010 with a mathematics education major. He teaches at a local high school and resides in Oak Lawn, Illinois.

Dan Lindbloom,
who is also a member of the track and field coaching staff, joined the cross country staff in 2015. As a college athlete, he was a four-year cross country and track standout at Huntington University in Indiana.  On the track he was a three-time conference champion and school record holder in the steeple chase. In that event he also finished in seventh place at the NAIA indoor championships once and in seventh place at the NAIA outdoor championships twice.  He ran on school record setting 4 x 800 and distance medley relay teams. As a cross country runner, Lindbloom earned all-conference honors three times and was a member of a team that placed tenth at the 2008 NAIA national championships.

Lindbloom graduated from Huntington University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. He is employed as a personal trainer at Life Time Fitness.