Soccer Coach Patrick Gilliam Inducted to NCCAA Hall of Fame
Trinity CommunicationsFebruary 29, 2016
Head Men’s and Women’s Soccer Coach Patrick Gilliam was inducted into the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Hall of Fame in Louisville, Kentucky on June 2.
Gilliam will begin his 20th season at the helm of the Trinity Soccer program this coming fall, with a career record of 289-118-21 (.700). This record gives Gilliam the second-highest active winning percentage in the NAIA.
Gilliam led the Trojans to two National Titles in 1998 and 2004. More recently, the Trojans have made three straight appearances in the NAIA National Tournament and won two conference tournament championships in 2013 and 2015.
“To hear that I was selected for the NCCAA Hall of Fame was certainly overwhelming and incredibly humbling. I think the thoughts and emotions that were most prevalent in the day or two after hearing the news centered around an incredible sense of appreciation and thankfulness for the countless individuals who have contributed to making this possible,” said Gilliam.
“From past coaches and mentors who have so richly invested in my life, to every single player I have ever had the privilege to coach and work with, and certainly my family, particularly my wife and children who have selflessly sacrificed over nearly 25 years of coaching, I am incredibly grateful,” he continued. “I also definitely owe much gratitude to Trinity and the wonderful administrators, faculty, and staff I have been fortunate enough to serve with over the last two decades.”
Over Gilliam’s 19 seasons on the Trojans sideline, he has seen many success both on and off the field from his players. The two-time NCCAA Coach of the Year (1998, 2004) has helped produce two NCCAA Players of the Year, three CCAC Players of the Year, and one North-Central Regional Player of the Year. Gilliam has also produced 44 CCAC All-Conference Selections, 15 NCCAA All-Americans, 23 NAIA All-Americans, as well as 11 NCCAA All-Regional Players and 15 NCCAA All-Regional Awards.
Not only do Gilliam’s players succeed on the field, but they have also succeed in the classroom. In Gilliam’s time, there have been 37 CCAC All-Academic Team honors, 14 NCCAA Scholar-Athlete choices, and 52 NAIA Scholar Athletes.
“Patrick Gilliam is a simple example of a teacher, mentor, and coach. His heart to improve every aspect of his player’s lives is rare. Coupled with his competitive success, he offers his players the best spiritual development and high level of play, “ said NCCAA Executive Director Dan Wood. “I best describe my respect for him by stating that if my son or daughter opted to play college soccer, my utmost desire would be that they play for Patrick.”