Trent Painter is in his third season as an assistant coach for the men's and women's soccer programs at UC San Diego in 2013. His primary responsibility is to direct the Triton goalkeepers.
The 2012 campaign was a banner year for the UCSD net-minders. Josh Cohen led the entire NCAA Division II in goals-against average (0.397) and save percentage (0.898), and was named a second-team Daktronics All-American as well as the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Most Valuable Defensive Player. Freshman women's counterpart Kelcie Brodsky broke an 11-year-old school record for single-season saves (114) and earned selection to the All-CCAA Second Team.
In his first go-around on the La Jolla campus, Painter coached Kristin Armstrong, a third-team Daktronics All-American as well as the Daktronics West Region Player of the Year and the CCAA Most Valuable Defensive Player in 2011.
In addition to his duties at UCSD, Painter has been closely involved with San Diego youth soccer over the last several years. He currently serves in the La Jolla Impact club system, and is the girl's varsity head coach at San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA).
Painter previously trained goalkeepers for the Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks, doubling as the head coach for San Pasqual High School's junior varsity. He came to UCSD from Cal State San Marcos, where he instructed the goalies in 2010 while also coaching a pair of U-11 and U-12 boy's teams for Villa FC.
Painter coached the Fury FC boy's U-16 squad to Rotary Cup and Presidio League titles in 2008. His sides then finished first in the Charity Cup and third at the Nott's Forest Cup in 2009.
Painter earned his bachelor's degree in liberal studies from Cal State San Marcos in 2011.