The Archbishop Spalding softball team has done a lot of winning over the last 25 years. Nicki Trumpler has had a lot to do with the school’s success on the diamond.
After falling by a run in last year’s Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship game, Trumpler has decided to step down as the Cavaliers’ head coach. The 1995 Spalding graduate will remain at the school as a Religious Studies teacher.
“It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve made in quite some time,” Trumpler said. “When I stepped away from the field in the spring, I started to really evaluate a lot of responsibilities at the school and personally. I realized with the time commitment, I just couldn’t give everything I could.”
The winning under Trumpler began back in the early 1990s when as a player she was a part of four Catholic League championships. After playing at Mount St. Mary’s, she began coaching and led the Cavaliers to IAAM A Conference titles in 2005 and 2006. She returned as the head coach in 2012 and led the Cavaliers to two more titles in 2015 and 2016.
Under Trumpler’s leadership, the Cavaliers won more than 100 games and were annually a contender in the A Conference.
“I had a great relationship with the girls and their families,” Trumpler said. “When I met with them I told them I wish them nothing but the best and it’s unfortunate that I couldn’t continue for years to come.”
The timing of Trumpler’s departure might have come as a surprise to those associated with the program. The team is not in a rebuilding mode. In fact, all starters return from a team that came so close to winning another title last year.
“We came up short in the championship game, but my decision had nothing to do with that,” she said. “I didn’t want to be someone who was going out there and not giving it as much as I possibly could.”
When asked about her best memories as a coach, Trumpler brought up the championships, but will remember more about her time leading the Cavaliers.
“The championships are nice,” she said. “but seeing them grow older and seeing all their accomplishments on and off the field…just seeing them grow into awesome young women was really cool.”
Archbishop Spalding athletic director Jeff Parsons announced Trumpler’s resignation from coaching in mid-September. He is still searching for her successor.
“We were extremely fortunate to have Coach Trumpler as the head of our softball program. She was a true mentor and role model to the girls in the program who understood that there is much more to being a coach then what goes on between the lines of the playing field,” Parsons said. “Although she will remain a part of the school community, she will be missed as a member of the athletic department.”