Trent Painter completed his fourth season as an assistant coach for the UC San Diego men's soccer program in 2014. His primary responsibility is to direct the Triton goalkeepers, and he continues on in that capacity with the UCSD women's team.
Painter has developed his goalies to achieve great success during his time in La Jolla. He mentored two-time All-American and two-time California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Most Valuable Defensive Player Josh Cohen from 2011-13. Cohen led all of Division II in goals-against average (0.397) and save percentage (.898) as a junior in 2012, and was fifth in GAA (0.517) a year later while again pacing the league. Cameron McElfresh took over and picked up All-CCAA honorable mention in his first season as the full-time starter in 2014, finishing ninth nationally with a 0.652 GAA.
On the women's side, Kelcie Brodsky earned postseason recognition from the CCAA for each of her first three years in the program, with a pair of second-team All-CCAA selections. She broke an 11-year-old school record for single-season saves (114) as a freshman in 2012, adding NSCAA All-West Region Second Team distinction with the sixth-best save percentage (.884) and 15th-best GAA (0.595) nationally. Brodsky has since taken over UCSD's career saves mark.
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. She was second in the nation in GAA (0.348) and fifth in save percentage (.892).
In total, Painter's have been named an All-American or the CCAA Most Valuable Defensive Player each on three occasions, and garnered All-CCAA recognition seven times. Cohen has gone on to start for Burlingame Dragons FC in the Premier Development League.
In addition to his duties at UCSD, Painter has been closely involved with San Diego youth soccer over the last several years. He currently works 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 team. He came to UCSD from nearby 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 guided 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.
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