Trinity’s Grinsteinner nominated for national Coach of the Year award

The annual award will be presented later this year in Des Moines, IA at the NHSACA coaches convention

Trinity head coach Gregg Grinsteinner on the sidelines against Flasher on Jan. 15, 2022 at Trinity High School
Race Archibald / The Dickinson Press
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In his 28th year in charge of Trinity boy’s basketball, head coach Gregg Grinsteinner continues to rack up accolades. He’s won over 500 games, appeared in 13 state tournaments and won two state championships.

Grinsteinner has been nominated by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) for the Coach of the Year honor in boys basketball.

The award is presented annually to coaches around the country for their excellence in coaching and the example they set to their players. Not only does it recognize their achievements in the past year, but in their tenure as a whole.

Grinsteinner is one of eight finalists in the boys basketball category. There are 19 categories in total, spanning all sports, plus a spot for athletic directors. Dickinson High School Athletic Director Guy Fridley was nominated for the award last year.

In the last year, Grinsteinner led the Titans to a Region 7 championship and state tournament appearance, defeating Beulah in thrilling fashion in the Region 7 championship game in March. In the three years prior, the Miners had ended Trinity’s season themselves, defeating the Titans in the championship game.


Trinity were finally able to get over the hump in 2021 to get back to the state tournament for the first time since 2017.

The Titans have been a mainstay in Class B during Grinsteinner’s tenure. Only Shiloh Christian has appeared in more state tournaments than Trinity since Grinsteinner’s first season in 1994-95. The Titans made seven-straight appearances at the state tournament between 2001-2007.

During that span they appeared in four championship games, winning two, coming in 2004 and 2006.

They finished fifth at the state tournament in 2021, compiling a 23-4 record.

The NHSACA will hold their annual coaches convention later this year in Des Moines, Iowa on June 18-22. In addition, they will honor the NHSACA Hall of Fame Class of 2022 inductees.

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Trinity head coach Gregg Grinsteinner celebrates after the Titans wrap up their Region 7 championship over Beulah on March 12, 2021 at Trinity High School
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Race Archibald is a former sports reporter with The Dickinson Press.
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