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.
Bill DeRuiter ’09 joins the coaching staff this season. He has experience coaching in various sports at the high school level. He assisted the baseball, boys’ basketball, and football teams at Chicago Christian High School from 2005-09. He also was on the basketball coaching staff at Evergreen Park High School from 2011-13.
Bill graduated from Trinity in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and history. He is the full-time Director of Alumni Relations at Trinity. He and his wife Nicole live with their son Trey and daughter Charlotte in Worth, Illinois.
Caitlin Cody ’16 moves from the playing court to the coaching staff this season. She played for the Trolls for the past two years and was the team’s leading scorer and rebounder in each of those seasons. She earned NCCAA North Central All-Region honors twice and was NCCAA All-American Second Team as a senior. Previous to playing at Trinity she competed for the 2010-11 season at the University of St. Francis (Joliet, Illinois) and the 2011-12 season at Parkland College (Champaign, Illinois), where she was the Region Player of the Year.
Cody is an exercise science major has been involved in the Exercise Science Club at Trinity. She graduated from Mother McAuley High School. Cody is the daughter of Charlie and Susan Cody of Oak Lawn, Illinois.