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Trinity High School athletic teams compete in the Mid Penn Conference and PIAA District III. Teams and athletes have competed and won at all levels of the PIAA state organization. Students have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of sports throughout the school year, complementing the whole-student experience at Trinity High School.

Coach Jensen

Head Coach – Defensive Coordinator – Defensive Backs
Email: tjensen@thsrocks.us

Bio

Coach Jensen is in his 2nd year as Head Coach at Trinity High School.  Last year, Coach Jensen led the young Rocks Football Team to a 3-7 year in a tough Capital Division that 6 of 8 teams earned playoff births.

Prior to Trinity, Coach Jensen was the defensive coordinator and strength coach at Susquehanna Township High School in 2012.  With one of the top defenses in the league, the Susquehanna Football Team finished the season 10-3 and fell short of the District Championship by one game.

Before moving to Susquehanna, Troy was the Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator at Northeastern High School.  He helped start a brand new football program at Northeastern.  In the new program’s 4th varsity year (2011), Jensen’s defense was among the best in the league and helped the Bobcats to a share of the school’s first Co-Division Championship. 

Prior to Northeastern, he was the defensive backs coach at Red Land High School.  During Jensen’s tenure at Red Land, Troy coached numerous defensive backs to post-season honors. During the Patriots 2006 District 3 Championship year, three of the defensive backs earned all-league honors, and one all-state honors.

Jensen played his college football at Division 1 San Jose State University.  He was a two-year starter at free safety.  In his senior season, he was second in the nation with 7 interceptions, earned second team all-league honors, and finished his college career with 13 interceptions (2nd in school history in number of career interception).  During his junior year, Troy returned a fumble 95 yards versus Stanford which is still a San Jose State record.  He was also the Spartan’s leading tackler for the 1992 season.

He went on to play baseball for the Spartans in the spring of 1994 just before graduating with a Bachelors in Business Management. 

Troy went to Santa Teresa High School in San Jose California where he earned All State Honorable Mention and a roster spot in the Shriner’s All State Game played in the Rose Bowl.  He ended his high school career with 30 interceptions.

Troy resides in the Lewisberry area with his wife Deb and his son Roman.

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Why do you coach?

Football is a great sport and has taught me so many valuable life lessons along with giving me so many great opportunities.  I want to pass these gifts on through coaching football.  Through the tool of football, I will teach; mentor, coach; and exemplify the characteristics of hard work, personal discipline, personal sacrifice, love, and the appreciation of relationship.


Why you like or look forward to coaching at Trinity?

I believe Trinity is a great combination of academic and athletic excellence.  Those two things along with the Christ centered approach make Trinity a well-rounded and great place to coach.  Being a part of the Rocks Football Program that as such excellent tradition affords me the opportunity to build on this tradition and continue to create a great place to play football.

Coach Chance Powell

Offensive Coordinator – Quarterbacks

Bio

A Return to High School Football:

After spending 13 years coaching in the college ranks, Chance Powell returned to the scholastic level at Carlisle High School in 2014. Serving as the Offensive Coordinator, Powell installed his Spread Offense.  It was a huge success as The Thundering Herd led the entire Commonwealth Division in scoring averaging 30 points per game.

The Herd offense under Powell’s tutelage, rewrote most of Carlisle’s offensive record books in 2014.

Aside from helping guide the Herd to its first district playoff appearance in nearly a decade, Powell’s offense produced Pennsylvania’s leading receiver (Deante Ramsey) and the state’s eighth leading quarterback (Billy Burger).

Burger was named the MVP of the Commonwealth Division. He completed 60% of his passes for 2395 yards and 24 touchdowns. Ramsey led the state with 95 receptions totaling 1293 yards.  He was named the Mid Penn’s “Best Producer” by Patriot News.

Offensive records continued to fall in the 2015 Carlisle football campaign as the Thundering Herd competed in the District 3 Playoffs in consecutive years for the first time in nearly two decades.

The 2015 version of Powell’s Spread Offense once again led the entire Mid Penn Commonwealth in scoring at 39 points per game.

Quarterback Eric Harris finished first in the entire state of Pennsylvania with over 3,650 passing yards.  He garnered first team All Mid Penn Quarterback honors in the process.  It should be noted that Harris did not even play football the previous two years prior to coming under Powell’s tutelage.  The two leading receivers in the Mid Penn were both from the Carlisle football team.

Prior to coming to Carlisle, Chance Powell coached for 13 years at Shippensburg University.  During his tenure at S.U. Powell developed some of the best receivers in the school’s history.  Included in this group are the school’s only two NCAA All – American receivers Mike Harris and Trevor Harmon (Arizona Cardinals).

He has also had the opportunity to coach and mentor current NFL All- Pros John Kuhn (Green Bay Packers) and Brent Grimes (Atlanta Falcons/Miami Dolphins/Tampa Bay Buccaneers).

College Football:

Prior to making his way back to scholastic football, Powell served 13 years at Shippensburg University on the offensive side of the ball.  He coached virtually every position on offense (TE, Offensive Line, Wide Receivers, Running Backs, and helped with the Quarterbacks.) Powell served as Passing Game Coordinator under S.U. coaching legend Rocky Rees.  His last two years at S.U. Powell worked under current Oklahoma State Offensive Coordinator Mike Yurcich. Virtually every offensive record was broken during this two year span.

Coaching Roots:

Powell started his coaching career in the high school ranks at Shippensburg High School where he served as Head Coach. He totaled 14 years at Shippensburg High School. While there Powell oversaw the building of Shippensburg’s first weight room facility and orchestrated the first ever Team Study Table program at Shippensburg to help student athletes from all sports in the school strive for and maintain academic success.  On the field, he helped build a program that increased in numbers from 31 to 60 within one year.  The program achieved a number 9 ranking in the state at its pinnacle.

Playing Career:

Chance Powell was a three sport athlete (basketball, football, baseball) at Shippensburg High School.  After graduating in 1981, Powell decided to continue his academic and athletic careers at Shippensburg University.  Powell was a fullback for Shippensburg University from 1982-1986 where he earned his bachelor degree in Secondary (History) Social Studies education.

Why do you coach?

“I have been blessed to have the opportunity to play football at the scholastic and collegiate levels.  I truly believe that this great game helps teach our young men many life lessons and qualities such as leadership, teamwork, decision making, and discipline.  I enjoy coaching football and sharing the life lessons that it provides.”

Why you like or look forward to coaching at Trinity?

“Coaching football at Trinity will afford me the opportunity to use football as a conduit to share the Gospel with our players.”

Coach Andrew Lesagonicz

Offensive/Defensive Line

Bio

Graduated from Muhlenberg High School in 2010.  Was a 3 year starter on the varsity football team, and was a 1st team all-league player his senior year.  Went on to Shippensburg University to play football as an offensive lineman.  He started 3 years as an offensive lineman, and made it to the national playoffs in 2011.  After graduating college he took up coaching at Shippensburg Middle School as the offensive and defensive line coach.  In 2015, he took a position at Trinity High School to become the offensive line coach.  He likes coaching because he can teach students about the game that he loves, and can also teach them about life. Important traits that make a good coach are that they need to have passion about the game they are coaching, and being up front and honest to the team.  The best part of playing football in high school and college was the brotherhood my teams created when we were there.  The bond that the teams I played on were strong, and this is what we are trying to teach here at Trinity.

Go Rocks

 

Why do you coach?

I coach football because I can teach kids about a game that I love, but can also teach kids about life and different opportunities that football can give them.  I also like coaching football because it gives me a way transform my life experiences into life values for the kids.  Coaching also allows me to see these student athletes grow as students in the class room as well as on the field.

Why you like or look forward to coaching at Trinity?

I am looking forward to coaching at Trinity because I want to bring back the winning attitude that has been lost with Trinity football.   I want every team that we play to fear playing Trinity in the next couple of years.   There are some challenges with coaching at private schools (not as many kids, strict budget, etc.).   That I want to take on the challenge and give my 100% as a coach to teach these student athletes everything it takes to run a winning football program, and bring back the winning tradition back to Trinity.

Coach Benjamin Shea

Defensive/Offensive Line

Bio

Born in Memphis Tennessee, moved to Lancaster, PA in 1976.

Married for 20 years and have two children; Wife Gretchen Shea, daughter Olivia 15, son Jackson 13. We currently live in Franklintown, PA and are members at Daybreak Church.

Employed at Mechanicsburg High School for the past 10 years, prior to that I was at teacher with CAIU15.

Teaching Certification from Millersville. 

Master’s Degree in Education at Shippensburg University.

Graduated from Hempfield High School in 1984.

Senior year, team made district playoffs, selected as an Lancaster-Lebanon League All-star, and was presented the coaches award for “Attitude, Leadership and Performance.” 

Played a few years at Millersville University,

Coaching Career:

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology; 3 years as Linebacker coach and assisted with Special Teams.

Elizabethtown High School; 6 years, offensive & defensive line coach, special team’s coordinator, o-line linebackers and defensive coordinator. Had the privilege of coaching in two all-star games during that time; War of the Roses and the North-South All-Star Game.

Mechanicsburg High School: 5 years, running backs & outside linebackers, offensive line & Outside Linebackers. 2008 undefeated regular season and ranked #1 in district seeding.  Mechanicsburg secured a second district playoff appearance in 2009.

Northern York Youth Football: 5 years, helped at the various levels, last 2 years as Offensive Coordinator and then Head Coach of the Midget Team.

Why do you coach?

I have always loved the game of football, because I grew up listening to my dad’s stories of his playing days.  He played high school in a small southern Georgia town, and then had the opportunity to play college at North Carolina State with Roman Gabriel as his quarterback. However, I am a big University of Tennessee Volunteer fan.

Why you like or look forward to coaching at Trinity?

I believe Trinity has the potential to develop into a great football program, and look forward to being a part of that growth.

Coach Don Rhoad

Linebackers – Running Backs – JV Offensive Coordinator

Bio

Coach Don Rhoad enters his second football season for the Trinity Football ‘Rocks.  Last season for the ‘Rocks, Coach Rhoad coached the Varsity Outside Line-Backers, the Varsity Tight Ends and was the JV Offensive Coordinator.  Coach Rhoad comes has a wealth of coaching and playing experience.  Coach Rhoad has coached a number of years in the St Joesph and East Pennsboro Youth Sports Programs in Football, Baseball and Basketball.

Coach Rhoad brings his passion and love for the game to the players.  He inspires them to get the most out of their performance, teaches fundamentals, discipline, details, unity and teamwork. 

“As coaches, we are responsible for preparing each individual to become the best football player they can be. With that said, Football is a microcosm of life. The most successful people in life exhibit discipline, a strong work ethic, loyalty, and teamwork. Coach Jensen demands that his Coaches help in aiding and empowering Trinity players to become the best contributing citizens within our society. Here at Trinity, we use Football as the vehicle to teach life skills. We teach our players to set a vision for themselves and their teammates. This Football programs ultimate purpose is to have each student-athlete leave with a superior education catapulting them into the rest of their life—as a responsible and contributing person in our society.”

Coach Don Rhoad is a Native of Falls Church, VA. and he is in his eighth year of coaching.  Coach Rhoad is a graduate of George Mason High School in Falls Church, VA where he was the Team Captain for the 1983 Football Bull Run District Champion Mustangs.  Coach Rhoad was the starting Quarterback his Jr and Sr seasons, leading the Mustangs to two District Championships and had the most passing yards in the state of VA his Senior Year.  Coach Rhoad was selected 1stTeam QB All-Northern VA Regional in 1983 and was selected 1st Team All-Bull Run District QB in 1982 and 1983.  Coach Rhoad was Captain of the Baseball team in 1983 while leading his team to the VA State Championship game and four District Championships and One State Championship.  Coach Rhoad was an All-State Shortstop selection in 1983, All-Region shortstop in 1982 and 1983, and All-District Shortstop in 1981, 1982 and 1983.   Coach Rhoad was selected to the George Mason High School Hall-of-Fame in the 1993 inaugural induction class.  Coach Rhoad went on to play Baseball at Wingate College in North Carolina where he lettered all four years and was selected Carolina Conference  3rd Baseman in 1986.

Coach Rhoad and his wife Karen have two children, 18 year old Eric and 16 year old Adam.  Coach Rhoad works as a Program Manager for the Department of the Navy in Mechanicsburg, PA.

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Why do you coach?

I coach football for a multitude of reasons.  It fulfills my purpose of being in service to others in a sport that I am passionate about.  In coaching, I get to experience the joy of helping others learn and thrive. I’m able to share my life experiences into value to help young men grow into responsible and contributing members of society.  As a coach, I understand the enormous impact we have on the young men and with whom we interact on a daily basis.  As such, we exponentially impact other people through what we teach our athletes.  I want to make the world a better place one player at a time.

Why you like or look forward to coaching at Trinity?

Simply put – working with Coach Jensen.  Coach Jensen is creating something special at Trinity.  Coach Jenson is setting expectations, creating a brotherhood, is detailed oriented with the processes and instruction and is creating something amazing, with individuals and as a team.  As coaches, we are responsible for preparing each individual to become the best football player they can be. With that said, Football is a microcosm of life. The most successful people in life exhibit discipline, a strong work ethic, loyalty, and teamwork. Coach Jensen demands that his Coaches help in aiding and empowering Trinity players to become the best contributing citizens within our society. Here at Trinity, we use Football as the vehicle to teach life skills. We teach our players to set a vision for themselves and their teammates. This Football programs ultimate purpose is to have each student-athlete leave with a superior education catapulting them into the rest of their life—as a responsible and contributing person in our society.

Coach Rich Gagliano

Special Teams Coordinator – Wide Receivers – Linebackers – Head JV Coach

Bio

Coach Gagliano is in his 4th year on the Trinity Football staff and presently coaches linebackers, wide receivers and is the Special Teams Coordinator. He is the JV head Coach and has previously coached defensive backs.   Before coaching at Trinity he was with the Holy Name of Jesus youth football program for five years where he coached linebackers and wide receivers.

Coach Gagliano is a native of Westchester County, New York, and played multiple sports in high school.  He was part of the Ardsley High School football team that made its first playoff appearance in 15 years.  He played Tight-end/Defensive back and was a two year varsity starter.

Why do you coach?

I coach for many reasons, but first and foremost,  I enjoy the interaction between coach and player. I hope that I can make a positive difference in young men’s lives.   Also, ever since I stopped playing football, I miss that feeling of comradery that you feel when you are part of a team.

Why you like or look forward to coaching at Trinity?

The best thing about coaching at Trinity is the great young men I have the privilege of coaching.  I enjoy watching them start out as freshman and maturing into seniors.  I have been fortunate enough to keep in touch with numerous football alumni and make time to go see them play in college.