Trinity Athletics Mission Statement:

Trinity Washington University Athletics aims to support the overall mission of Trinity while providing a high-quality experience that encourages our student-athletes to develop academically, socially and physically. We aspire for our student-athletes to compete with character, maximize their potential through self-exploration and prepare for lifelong success. 

 

 

Staff Directory

Position/Title Name Email Phone Number
Director of Athletics Monique McLean mcleanmo@trinitydc.edu 202-884-9097
Head Athletic Trainer Seanta Cleveland clevelands@trinitydc.edu 202-884-9082
Faculty Athletic Representative Dr. Jamey Piland pilandj@trinitydc.edu 202-884-9554
Head Basketball Coach Isaiah Johnson johnsonis@trinitydc.edu 202-884-9097
Head Soccer Coach Jason Gross grossja@trinitydc.edu 202-884-9097
Head Softball Coach Elizabeth Ratke ratkee@trinitydc.edu 202-884-9097
Head Tennis Coach Enoch Thompson thompsone@trinitydc.edu 202-884-9097
Head Volleyball Coach Shinicka Spears spearss@trinitydc.edu 202-884-9097
Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Karen Gerlach GerlachK@trinitydc.edu 202-884-9203

 

Athletics Staff Bios 2020-2021

Monique McLean – Director of Athletics

McCleanMonique McLean was appointed Director of Athletics at Trinity Washington University on June 4, 2018. During McLean’s tenure academic standards have been raised, retention has improved and athletic programs have seen significant roster growth and improvement. McLean has hired three exceptional head coaches (soccer, basketball, softball) and restructured the athletic department.

Throughout the pandemic, McLean has continued to be a positive leader by consistently creating virtual content and programming to keep student-athletes engaged despite their absence from campus and sports participation. The department plans to return stronger than ever after suspending sports for the academic year. In addition to her responsibilities on campus, McLean is heavily involved in intercollegiate athletics nationally and regionally. McLean was appointed to the NCAA Division III Membership Committee and has served since October 2019, her appointment will last until 2023. McLean was elected as the President Elect of the Maryland & DC Athletic Administrators Association in June 2020 and recently joined the NCAA Division III Convention Sub-planning Committee (February 2021).

Prior to Trinity, McLean was the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Alfred University from 2015 -2018. McLean quickly demanded academic excellence from her student-athletes, leading to the department awards as the Most Improved Academic Team for consecutive semesters (Fall 2017/Spring 2018). She was also elected as a representative to the WBCA NCAA Division III Coaches’ All-America Committee where she represented Region 2. McLean served as a graduate assistant coach at Bethany College for two seasons before graduating in May 2015 with a Master of Arts degree in Teaching. McLean was a standout women’s basketball player in college, playing four seasons at Division I St. John’s University and earning Big East All-Conference recognition twice. After graduating from St. John’s in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, McLean embarked on a four-year professional playing career in Greece, Slovakia and Puerto Rico.

Seanta Cleveland – Head Athletic Trainer

ClevelandSeanta Cleveland joined the Trinity Washington University Athletics Staff as Head Athletic Trainer in 2016. Before joining the Tiger’s staff, Seanta served as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Atlanta Dream WNBA for the 2015 season. Prior to that Seanta Cleveland served as the Director of Sports Medicine at Howard University as well as serving on various committees at the university. Ms. Cleveland’s resume’ has a wide range of experience including Head Athletic Trainer at Bowie State University in Bowie (MD) (2010-2011), The Team HEAL Foundation, Inc., founded by Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Clarence Shields, at (Crenshaw High School) in Los Angeles (CA) (2008-2010), Athletes’ Performance in Carson (CA) in (2008), Licensed Athletic Trainer for Covenant Sports Medicine (2006-2008) in Lubbock (TX) and Graduate Assistant at South Plains College (2006-2007) in South Plains (TX). Seanta also served as an Approved Clinical Instructor (ACI) for Loyola Marymount College in Los Angeles (CA) (2009-2010) and George Mason University (VA) (2012-2015) and is currently a BLS American Red Cross Instructor, a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, a member of the District of Columbia Athletic Trainers Association and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Seanta Cleveland holds both a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health from Georgia State University (2006) and a Master of Athletic Training degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (2008).

Jason Gross – Head Women’s Soccer Coach

GrossJason Gross, a 14-year coaching veteran, joined the Trinity Tigers Women’s soccer staff in 2015 as an assistant coach. In the spring of his third year, he was hired to lead the program as the head coach. Since taking over the Tigers have improved their win percentage and in collaboration with the athletic department created a structure for student-athletes off the field where the team GPA has made significant improvements.

Before his tenure at Trinity, Jason has served the DMV area as an Academy Director who has developed some of the top players in the country including the DC Gatorade Player of Year and several US Youth National Team call ups. His teams have won a State Cup, 3 Regional Championships, and have had the opportunity to compete for several National Championships across various competition formats. As a Coaching Educator, he has provided professional development for coaches at over 50 educational campuses across the Washington D.C. area. Jason also led the high school girls’ soccer program at School Without Walls, a premier academic institution in DCPS, to a DCIAA Championship Final.

Jason was a four-year starter and three-year captain of the Division 1 Men’s Soccer program at Howard University. He received two All-Conference First Team honors and was selected to play professionally in the Major Indoor Soccer League for the NJ Ironmen. Jason has played competitively in six countries including France, England, Spain, Germany, Holland, and Norway.

Shinicka Spears – Head Women’s Volleyball Coach

Coach Shinicka is entering her fourth season as the Head Coach at Trinity Washington University. A native of North Carolina, Shinicka began playing volleyball her junior year of high school. New to the game of volleyball, Shinicka instantly fell in love with the sport. Shinicka went on to earn a scholarship to attend and play volleyball as a middle blocker at Fayetteville State University, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Public Administration. During her time at Fayetteville State, Shinicka led the CIAA conference in blocks and block assists. Shinicka earned many awards-CIAA All Rookie Team; CIAA All Conference Second Team, CIAA All Conference First Team, CIAA All-Tournament Team, and the 2005 Women’s Athlete of the Year at Fayetteville State University. Prior to coaching at Trinity, Coach Shinicka coached the JV and Varsity teams at Thomas Stone High School and the men’s volleyball team at Archbishop Carroll High School. Coach Shinicka also coaches a travel team for Capital City Elite DC.

Coach Shinicka thrives in coaching young ladies academically, athletically, and socially. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Enoch Thompson – Head Women’s Tennis Coach

Enoch ThompsonCoach Thompson is entering his as the Head Coach at Trinity Washington University. A 1976 Architecture and Planning graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC, he is an acclaimed educator and certified tennis instructor at all levels of development for budding tennis players throughout the southeastern United States and Washington, DC. Thompson conducted and assisted at numerous tennis camps for juniors and adults in Columbia, SC where he coordinated clinics and player development workshops, ultimately helping young tennis players earn generous, well-deserved college scholarships. Many of his tennis students are still playing at various colleges throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. Currently, Thompson is the Head Tennis Coach at Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC and is. He an instructor/contractor with the Washington Department of Parks, a volunteer with the Washington, DC Special Olympics and works tirelessly to create and promote healthy activities for adults and juniors throughout his community. Thompson has remained active in the architectural community, having continued to be involved with the American Institute of Architects Associates, the National Organization of Minority Architects, the Construction Specifications Institute, and the National Technical Association. Thompson also has served as Cub Scout Master, baseball coach and program director, and is an active member of Saint Anthony Catholic Church. He volunteers with the Young Masters Rites of Passage Program. Mr. Thompson and his wife are the parents of five children and three grandchildren who also enjoy the game of tennis.

Isaiah Johnson – Head Women’s Basketball Coach

johnsonCoach Johnson is entering his second season as the Head Coach at Trinity Washington University. He is originally from Syracuse NY, where he began his coaching career at the high school level and helped several female athletes receive Division 1 athletic scholarships. Coach Johnson has worked in the District of Columbia as a teacher for over 6 years. He coached a middle school boys’ basketball team and led them to the school’s first championship on a local and regional level. Coach Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University in Physical Education and a master’s certificate in Sports Analytics from American University in Washington D.C. He is excited about his team at Trinity Washington University and their tremendous opportunity for success!

 

Elizabeth Diehl – Head Women’s Softball Coach

RatkeCoach Diehl is entering her second season as the Head Coach at Trinity Washington University. She is from Williamsport, PA where she attended St. John Neumann Regional Academy. Coach Diehl majored in Psychology at Catholic University and was also a four-year catcher for the women’s softball team. During her time at Catholic, the softball team experienced unprecedented success. As a senior, her team won the Landmark Conference Championship and earned a bid to

the NCAA Tournament. She is currently an Academic Advisor at Catholic University .Coach Diehl inherited a softball program that needed fresh energy and a new perspective; she came on board with exceptional enthusiasm and positive energy. In a single season, she helped double the softball roster and began improving the team culture of the program. Coach Diehl, formerly known as Coach Ratke, was recently married and enjoys annual mission trips to Haiti.