|Title:||Associate Athletic Director for Compliance/Head Men's Basketball Coach|
Pat Cunningham is in his 14th season as Trinity’s head men’s basketball coach, and serves as the AssociateAthletic Director for Compliance.
He is also the winningest men’s basketball coach in Trinity history. Since joining the Trinity staff in 1999, Coach Cunningham has amassed a record of 254-106 (.706). He has guided the Tigers to seven NCAA Division III playoff appearances, and five Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships, including 2012. Trinity stands at 148-54 (.733) in the SCAC under Coach Cunningham’s leadership.
Trinity advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2005, and won a school-record 25 games. Coach Cunningham’s teams have produced seven 20-win seasons in his 13 years at the helm. Respected by his peers, Coach Cunningham has been elected SCAC Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year on four occasions, in 2000, 2004, 2006, and 2009.
In 2011, Coach Cunningham traveled to the NCAA Division I Men’s Final Four in Houston to receive a special award. He was named a Guardian of the Game by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Coach Cunningham was the recipient of the Advocacy Award, which recognizes leadership and guidance on issues affecting the basketball community.
Coach Cunningham has served as a member of the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship Committee since 2007. He was instrumental in starting the NABC All-Star Game, held in the spring of 2010. The game has continued to be a part of the DIII Basketball Championship weekend.
He was head coach at the University of Chicago from 1991-1999. Coach Cunningham’s Chicago Maroons advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III Championship twice in a three-year period. He was named University Athletic Association (UAA) in three of his last four seasons at Chicago.
During that time period, Coach Cunningham’s teams compiled a remarkable 82-23 record (.781). Chicago captured two UAA Championships, and had two runner-up finishes.
Coach Cunningham was the head coach at Manchester University (Ind.) from 1987-1991, and was an assistant at Illinois State University from 1981-1987.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Kalamazoo College (Mich.) in 1974, and later received a Master of Science from Illinois State.
Coach Cunningham and his wife, Mary Jo, are the parents of a son and daughter, fraternal twins Casey and Claire.