Trinity Cross Country Varsity Coaching News

From: Trinity High School Athletics Office

Re: Trinity Cross Country Varsity Coaching Staff

Louisville, KY – After three years as head coach of the Trinity Cross Country varsity program, Craig Kannapel ’02 will resume his previous duties as varsity assistant coach for next season. Prior to becoming the program’s head coach in 2020, Kannapel served as a varsity assistant for (12) years. During his tenure as head coach from 2020-2022, Coach Kann and the Trinity Harriers captured three consecutive region championships. In addition, the team finished in the top 3 at the KHSAA State Championships in 2020 and 2021. Trinity and the Cross Country program are grateful to Coach Kannapel for his commitment to excellence during his tenure as head coach. Craig said: “I’m grateful for the gift of leading such an incredible program for (3) seasons, and for the opportunity to remain a part of it.”

Scott Holzknecht ’97, who previously served as Trinity Cross Country head coach from 2016-2019, will resume his previous duties as head coach of the program in 2023.

Trinity was state runner-up (2016, 2017) and state champions (2018, 2019) during Holzknecht’s first tenure as head coach. He was named “Coach of the Year” by the Kentucky Track & Cross Country Coaches Association in 2017, 2018 and 2019. He was also named “Coach of the Year” by the U.S. Track & Cross Country Coaches Association in 2018 and 2019.  

When asked about resuming his head coaching duties next season, Scott said: “I’m so grateful to return to this position after taking time away to be with my family.  We have a great group of young men returning next season, great coaches, great administrators, great parents, and so much to look forward to!”

Lastly, Trinity is pleased to announce the hiring of Thomas Cave to the varsity Cross Country coaching staff for next season. Coach Cave brings wonderful experience in the areas of training and development of middle- and long-distance runners. Prior to Trinity, Cave graduated from and ran for Bellarmine University Track & Field, earning All-GLVC honors. Cave is currently the co-owner and head coach of Thomson Training. Prior to coaching with Thomson Training, Cave coached back-to-back AAU National Championships with Derby City Athletic Club.

Trinity Associate AD Sean Duggins commented on the new coaching staff: “The combination of Scott, Craig, and Thomas as leaders of our program excites me. Scott is a natural leader of young men. Craig brings good experience into the mix and has proven he can foster great relationships with the student-athletes. Thomas’ depth of knowledge in the areas of training and development will prepare these young men for success. I believe assembling our coaching staff in this way is a big win for Trinity Cross Country.”

Founded in 1953, Trinity is an all-male Catholic high school with 1,200 students and 18,000 alumni. Trinity is a Catholic, college-preparatory high school, forming men of faith and men of character.

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