Don Trentham enters his third season as an assistant soccer coach at the University of Colorado. Trentham also serves as the Buffs’ recruiting coordinator.
In two seasons, Trentham has helped lead the Buffaloes to a 22-15-6 overall record. Tallying just three shutouts and a goals-against average of 1.95 in 2011, the Buffs’ defense has shown vast improvement under Trentham’s tutelage the past two seasons, recording 17 shutouts and GAAs under 1.10.
It took just two seasons under the new coaching staff for the Buffs to return to the NCAA Tournament (their first appearance since 2008), matching their best post-season performance with a trip to the Sweet 16. By season’s end, CU recorded nine clean sheets, tying for fifth best in program history.
Prior to joining the Buffs, he spent the 2011 season on Danny Sanchez's staff at the University of Wyoming, helping the Cowgirls to a 12-5-4 record and the program’s first ever spot in the Mountain West Conference Tournament Championship game.
Trentham joined Sanchez’s staff after spending nine successful seasons as the head coach at Montana State University Billings (2002-10). He coached the Yellowjackets to an overall record of 85-75-10 and finished his career at MSUB as the winningest coach in the program’s history.
In 2010 he was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after guiding MSUB to its first-ever NCAA tournament bid, where the Yellowjackets defeated Cal State-Los Angeles in the first round. In 2006 he led his team to a No. 1 ranking in the NSCAA/Adidas Regional Poll and No. 8 in the NSCAA/Adidas National Poll.
During his tenure with the Yellowjackets, he coached 31 All-Conference selections, three Academic All-Americans, two GNAC Freshmen of the Year and one NCAA Woman of the Year.
From 2004-08, Trentham also served as the Director of Soccer Programs at MSUB. His duties included supervising both men’s and women’s programs as well as chairing a steering committee responsible for planning $1.25 million in facility improvements to Yellowjacket Soccer Field and securing over $470,000 in pledges toward those improvements.
Prior to his time with the Yellowjackets, Trentham served as a graduate assistant women’s soccer coach at East Stroudsburg (Pa.) University in (2001-02). He also served as an assistant men’s soccer coach at Embry-Riddle (Fla.) University (1999-2001).
In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Trentham also has excellent experience coaching youth soccer. Most recently, he served as an assistant coach for the WAFC U-23 team out of Westminster, CO, helping the squad capture the 2014 Colorado Youth Soccer State Championship. He also served as the head girls’ coach of the Magic City Soccer Club in Billings from 2006-2010, leading the team to six Montana Youth Soccer State Championships. He was also heavily involved with Montana ODP (2003-2005) and served as a Region IV ODP staff coach (2004-2005).
Trentham holds a USSF National Goalkeeping license, a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and a USSF “A” license.
He played soccer at Columbia (Mo.) College where he earned his bachelor’s degree in education in 1999. Trentham earned his master’s degree in education in health and physical education from East Stroudsburg in 2007. Trentham is married to the former Jennifer Lawler. They have two children, a son, Landon and a daughter, Adelyn.