Josh Trikakis is set to begin his third year as an assistant coach in the SWU cross country and track and field programs and his second year as head strength and conditioning coach. Trikakis recently was a Graduate Assistant at Shorter University where he helped coach sprints, multis and pole vault. He also managed the strength and conditioning program for the entire Shorter Athletic Department. During his there he was part of winning six NCCAA Track and Field National Championships, three Peach Belt Conference Championships, and their first NCAA Champion.
Prior to his time at Shorter, Trikakis studied and competed at George Mason University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology. As a pole vaulter at Mason, he helped contribute to back-to-back team conference championships, which had not been done in 14 years. He spent most of his time under the tutelage of Coach Kevin McGorty, where he has developed his strong ability and understanding to coach and communicate with athletes. He took this foundation to Shorter where Head Coach Scott Byrd and his staff helped refine his abilities.
Josh’s ability to coach does not only stay in the realm of track and field but also in strength and conditioning. Before coming to Shorter University he was a coach at Strength and Performance Training (SAPT), premier performance training facility in the D.C. Metropolitan area, while he earned his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification. Through SAPT his knowledge and experience expanded to a vast range of sports as he worked closely with track and field, baseball, volleyball, and basketball student-athletes. While at Shorter he primarily worked with track and field, women’s volleyball, and softball. Outside of the success in the track and field program, Shorter also saw an array of achievement in softball and volleyball. The softball program had a strong presence in their first NCAA Tournament appearance where they placed 3rd overall. Women’s volleyball managed a 21-6 record and earned a bid into the NCAA tournament.
With his background in Kinesiology, knowledge in strength and conditioning, and his success in track and field he has already proven to be an effective coach. He looks to bring all of his success to Southern Wesleyan to help assist Head Coach Greg Thiel in building a God-fearing, championship-winning team.