Trinity Baptist College will say good-bye to two beloved and valuable members of the Eagles community when Mr. Bill Brindley and his wife, Mrs. Kelly Brindley, leave in February to begin a new chapter in their lives.
On January 10, Columbia International University athletic director James Whitaker announced the hiring of Bill as the Rams’ new men’s soccer coach. Although a major loss for Trinity, the move is a terrific opportunity for Bill as he brings his championship experience to Columbia, South Carolina.
Brindley served as Trinity’s men’s soccer coach from 2012-2016. When he began his tenure, the Eagles were a young, brand new, and inexperienced team. TBC won only one game in its first year. However, by his third season at the helm, Brindley developed the team into a perennial South Region and national contender. The Eagles won the NCCAA Division 2 South Region for three straight years from 2014-2016, and they secured a national championship in 2015. The Eagles compiled a record of 43-17 (.717) in those years.
In addition, Brindley coached nearly 20 players onto the All-South Region team, and eight of them made the NCCAA Division-2 All-American team.
Without question, 2015 was a truly special season as Brindley led the Eagles to their first ever NCCAA national championship in any sport. For this accomplishment, he was recognized as the NCCAA and NSCAA National Coach of the Year.
In addition, Brindley’s national champion goalkeeper Chad Crampton has a tryout with Orlando City B on January 22.
Kelly Brindley served as Trinity’s head volleyball coach since 2012. She also coached the women’s basketball team for two seasons, leading the Lady Eagles to the 2013 NCCAA South Region Championship and the Final Four at the national tournament.
As does her husband, Kelly sees coaching as an opportunity to minister to college students and help them learn to grow in their walk with Christ and shape their life skills they will need during and after college.
“Bill and Kelly Brindley have been used by the Lord at TBC in amazing ways, and we are grateful for their five years of outstanding service to Eagles Athletics,” said Trinity Baptist College athletics director John D. Jones. “They have both made significant and lasting contributions to our soccer, basketball, and volleyball programs and to the department as a whole. I couldn’t have asked for better teammates or friends to go to work with every day. They are loved here, and they will be missed.”
Congratulations to Bill and Kelly Brindley on their new opportunity. The entire Trinity community wishes them much success in their new endeavors.