||Harry McGinnis Head Coach
A native of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Harry McGinnis enters his 27th. year as head coach at Triton College. A four-year letterman for Concordia High School, his collegiate career took place at nearby Concordia University in River Forest, Ill. While there, he was a four-time N.A.I.A. national qualifier and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in October 2003.
After completing his undergraduate degree, McGinnis was the head coach at Luther North (1978-80) and Holy Cross (1980-87) high schools. During that time, he coached one state qualifier, hosted and coached culture exchange teams versus New Zealand, Germany and Japan, and was an assistant coach with the 1996 Illinois Junior National Greco team. Also during this time, McGinnis completed his master’s degree in exercise physiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
In 1989, McGinnis became the head coach at Triton College. During his tenure, he has produced 133 national qualifiers, 31 All-Americans, 129 Academic All-Americans and had four of his All-Americans participate on the NJCAA national team that competed in Austria. His 1997 team was crowned NJCAA Division III National Champions, and he was named the NJCAA National Coach of the Year. The 2003 team was named the NJCAA Coaches Association All-Academic team with a combined 3.28 GPA. McGinnis was named the Midwest Region’s Coach of the Year in 1998 and inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame as a coach in 2002. In March of 2004 he received the Bob Bubb Award for Coaching Excellence from the National Wrestling Coaches Association.
McGinnis has served as secretary/treasurer of the NJCAA Coaches Association from 2001-2003 and 2005-2010, Midwest Region representative since 1994, Hall of Fame Committee member since 1995 and served as chairman of that committee from 2002-2011. In 2008 Harry was voted by his peers as the NJCAA Wrestling Coaches Associations Man-of-the-Year. In 2014, McGinnis was voted into the NJCAA Region 4 Hall of Fame.
Harry and his wife, Linda, live in Maywood with their two children, Hannah (20) and Jonah (18).
Matt TreDenick Assistant Coach
Coach Tree is a two
time High School State Wrestling Champion hailing from Carsen City/Crystal,
Michigan. TreDenick was the Varsity Captain, where his passion and inspiration
for the sport ignited. Honorably, he received the Football All League’s Most
Valuable Player in his Senior Year. That same year, the Governor bestowed him
with a Special Mention Award for Sportsmanship, Leadership, and Community
Work. TreDenick had the honor of being a special invite to the Olympic
Trials, led by legendary coach Dan Gable. This allowed TreDenick to wrestle
with exceptional athletes such as David Schultz, Bruce Baumgartner, and the
Grand Valley State on a scholarship for football and wrestling. He became the
Chapter President of the FCA at Grand Valley. Tree completed up his B.S.
from Indiana Wesleyan University.
TreDenick has been coaching
for over 30 years in the Midwest. He revitalized the Wrestling program at
powerhouse Driscoll Catholic High School (Addison, Illinois), resulting in several
State Placers and Qualifiers. He coached and scouted at Wheaton
Warrenville South High School, Bartlett High School, and at Cedar Springs High
School in Cedar Springs, Michigan. He also dedicated time to several successful
Junior High and youth programs. TreDenick has impacted the lives of many
successful IHSA, IHSAA, MHSAA, and National Collegiate Wrestlers. Last
year Coach Tree was with the football coaching staff at Alma College.
TreDenick’s specific ability
is to see each athlete for their individual talents, abilities, and character
traits, allowing him to challenge them in new and strategic ways. TreDenick’s
greatest desire and purpose is to encourage athletes to reach for their highest
potential and to celebrate in their successes, both in sport and character. One
of the quotes he lives out is from author and speaker, John Maxwell – “If
you start today to do the right thing, you are already a success even if it
doesn’t show yet.”
Matt TreDenick is
excited to be on the coaching staff at Triton. He has found the coaches
and athletes to be welcoming to his unique coaching style.
TreDenick resides with
his wife and family in Batavia, Illinois.