Kurt Gruppen ’09 takes over as head coach for the women’s basketball program for the 2015-16 season. He comes to Trinity from Malone University, a NCAA Division II school, in Canton, Ohio, where he served as an assistant coach for their men’s basketball program for the past four seasons. Along with his duties in all aspects of the varsity program, he also coached the junior varsity squad at Malone.
In addition to his time at Malone, Gruppen was the men’s assistant coach at Trinity in the 2009-10 season and as an assistant varsity boys’ coach at Unity Christian High School in Hudsonville, Michigan in 2010-11.
As a student-athlete, Gruppen competed for four years on the men’s basketball team at Trinity from 2005-09. He was a standout for the Trolls and in his senior year led the team to a NAIA National Tournament appearance while averaging 20.5 points per game and shooting 50.2 percent from beyond the arc. In his career he scored 1,735 points and is a leader in three-pointers in the records book.
Gruppen earned all-conference honors three times, including a Player of the Year distinction the 2008-09 season. He also received NAIA All-American recognition as Honorable Mention in his junior year and Third Team as a senior. In addition, Gruppen was a two-time NCCAA All-American and was the 2009 recipient of the NCCAA Pete Maravich Award, the top honor for a men’s basketball player.
Gruppen graduated from Trinity in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Sport and Leisure Studies. He earned his master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Malone in 2012.
Gruppen, along with his wife Karley and son Kaleb and daughter Molly, reside in Palos Heights, Illinois.