Josh Lenarz ‘98 has been at the head of the women’s soccer program for the past ten seasons. As one of the most winning coaches at Trinity, he has a career record of 156-63-14. Under his leadership the Trolls have become a front-runner in the conference and earned national recognition as a national tournament qualifier and a fixture in the NAIA Top 25 ratings.
Lenarz has led teams to the NAIA National Championship three times in the past four seasons. In the 2011 season the Trolls, at 16-4-2, earned an at-large bid to the national tournament in which they lost in penalty kicks in the opening round. In 2008, in the program’s first-ever NAIA appearance, the team advanced to the Final Four and in 2009 they made it to the Sweet Sixteen.
In addition Lenarz had directed the Trolls to the NCCAA National Championships three times. They claimed the championship title in 2005 and finished in third place in each the 2007 and 2010 seasons.
Under Lenarz’ leadership the team has also earned conference regular season championship titles in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. In 2009 they also claimed the conference tournament title.
Lenarz was named the CCAC Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2009. He has also been recognized as the NCCAA National Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2008, the NCCAA North Central Region Coach of the Year five times, and the 2005 NAIA Region VII Coach of the Year.
Lenarz graduated from Trinity with a degree in physical education. He was a four-year all-conference soccer player and NCCAA All-American three years. His coaching experience includes an USSF National Coaching License, four years as the assistant coach for Trinity's men’s team, and two seasons as the varsity girls coach at Timothy Christian High School in Elmhurst, Illinois. He has also worked with the Chicago Gaels, a semi-professional women's soccer team.
Lenarz is the assistant athletics director at the College. He and his wife Kelly and children Peyton, Casey, Dylan, and Ryder reside in Palos Heights, Illinois.
Sam Mahtani ’10 joined the coaching staff in 2010. He assists the varsity team as well as coaches the junior varsity squad. He completed as a student-athlete on the men’s soccer team for three seasons where he served as a team captain in his senior year. He was a starting defender for two seasons and in 2008 he helped the team record nine shut-outs.
His coaching experience includes a USSF “D” and an NCSAA Goalkeeping Level II license. In addition, he is currently working on his master’s degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University in Irvine, California.
Mahtani graduated from Trinity in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in business management. He is employed as a marketing and media associate in the College’s Marketing and Communication Department.
Brittany Lee’10 is new to the coaching staff this season. She is not however new to Troll soccer as she was a four-year women’s soccer player for Coach Lenarz. As a student-athlete Lee played on the 2008 NAIA Final Four team and on the 2009 NAIA Sweet Sixteen team. She also was a member of the team that placed third at the 2007 NCCAA National Championship. As a midfielder Lee scored eight goals and had 11 assists in her career. She served as a team captain in her senior year and earned the athletics department Women’s Athletics Award. In addition she was a scholar-athlete.
While a student-athlete at Trinity, Lee coached youth soccer teams and at summer camps. For the past two years she has worked with collegiate teams and youth in the New England and has also served with AmeriCorps as an academic coach for high school athletes. She has also served as a facilitator at an outdoor learning center.
Lee graduated from Trinity in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and received a master’s in athletic counseling from Springfield College in Massachusetts. She is the Graduate Studies Program Coordinator at the College. Lee resides in Crestwood, Illinois.