Trinh named CCAA Coach of the Year

Trinh named CCAA Coach of the Year

Lam Trinh of the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) Eagles has been named the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Badminton Coach of the Year.

Trinh received the award this evening at the 2019 CCAA Badminton National Championships banquet, hosted by Dalhousie Agricultural Campus in Truro, NS.

“Lam has taken a relatively new badminton program at UTM and made it respectable in a very short time,” said Jordan Richey, CCAA Badminton Convenor. “The fact that he has qualified players to CCAA Nationals recently and has put UTM in a position to be able to host the CCAA National Championships next season is a testament to Lam’s abilities as a program leader and coach.”

Trinh serves as a mentor to his student-athletes and continues to build team and partnership chemistry at UTM.

This season, seven out of 10 student-athletes at UTM qualified for the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) Badminton Championships, which were hosted by the Eagles in Mississauga. OCAA Women’s Badminton Player of the Year Rachel Wong earned a silver medal at provincials. The Eagles also had duos in Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles.

Trinh guided UTM to second-place finishes in both the Men’s and Women’s team competitions at the OCAA West Regionals.

UTM, which joined the OCAA in 2014, will host the 2020 CCAA Badminton National Championships in Mississauga.

CCAA Coach of the Year winners receive a customized ring provided by Jostens Canada, the Official Ring Supplier of the CCAA Championship Awards Banquet.


Kevin MacAlpine


Richard Bennicke


Concordia Thunder


Dalhousie Rams

In his 10th season as head coach of the Thunder badminton program, MacAlpine led Concordia to a team title at the ACAC Badminton Championships. The Thunder also ended the season atop the CCAA Rankings. The ACAC Coach of the Year is a passionate ambassador for badminton in the ACAC and CCAA. He also coaches the badminton team at M. E. LaZerte High School in Edmonton and has been the ASSA Badminton Commissioner since 2013. MacAlpine, a high school mathematics teacher, is in constant communication with his student-athletes regarding academics.


Bennicke’s Rams earned a first-place finish in the season opening event at Sainte-Anne and will end the year with Men’s Doubles and Women’s Doubles teams competing at the 2019 CCAA Badminton National Championships on home soil. He also coaches a badminton team at the Cobequid Educational Centre, is a board member with Badminton Nova Scotia and is the lead organizer for the community club in Truro, NS. Bennicke takes pleasure in sharing his knowledge and passion for the game with his student-athletes.