Pat Cunningham is in his 18th season as Trinity’s head men’s basketball coach. He is also the Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance.
Coach Cunningham is the winningest men’s basketball coach in Trinity history. Since joining the Trinity staff in 1999, Coach Cunningham has amassed a record of 308-161 (.657). He has guided the Tigers to nine NCAA Division III Playoff appearances, and seven Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships. Trinity stands at 181-78 (.699) in SCAC competition under Coach Cunningham’s leadership.
Trinity advanced to the Elite Eight in 2005, and won a school-record 25 games. Coach Cunningham’s squads have produced eight 20-win season over 17 years. Respected by his peers, Coach Cunningham has been elected SCAC Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year on six occasions, in 2000, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2013, and 2014.
Coach Cunningham was elected to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Board of Directors in May 2015. He was honored at the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Final Four in Houston, Texas, as a Guardian of the Game by the NABC. Coach Cunningham was the recipient of the Advocacy Award, which recognizes leadership and guidance on issues affecting the basketball community.
Coach Cunningham is a former member of the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship Committee. He was instrumental in starting the NABC All-Star Game.
Prior to coming aboard at Trinity, Coach Cunningham was head coach at the University of Chicago from 1991-1999. His Chicago Maroons advanced to the Sweet 16 of the DIII Championships twice in a three-year period. Coach Cunningham was elected the University Athletic Association (UAA) Coach of the Year in three of his last four seasons at Chicago. During that time period, Coach Cunningham’s teams compiled an 82-23 record (.781). Chicago captured two UAA Championships, and had two runner-up finishes.
Coach Cunningham was the head coach at Manchester (IN) University from 1987-1991, and was an assistant at Illinois State University from 1981-1987.
Over a period of 29 years, Coach Cunningham has chalked up a 460-327 (.584) overall record, placing him in the top-30 of active Division III coaches by victories.
Coach Cunningham earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and economics from Kalamazoo (MI) College in 1974. An outstanding student-athlete, he was a captain of the Hornets men’s basketball team. Coach Cunningham later received a Master of Science degree in athletic administration from Illinois State.
Coach Cunningham and his wife, Mary Jo, are the parents of a son and daughter, fraternal twins Casey and Claire.