One of our past stars of the gridiron continues to shine at the next level. As a freshman running back for Trinity College, Tyler Dinapoli ’22 has been named New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Rookie of the Year!
Tyler’s 489 yards were good for fourth in the NESCAC and his five rushing touchdowns tied for second, helping Trinity to a 9-0 record and the conference title. He also averaged 4.8 yards per carry and 69.9 rushing yards per game, good for fifth and second in the conference, respectively. Overall, he amassed 744 all-purpose yards with an average of 106.3 per game, with three 100-yard rushing games on the season. Tyler is the sixth Trinity football player ever to earn Rookie of the Year honors.
“My coach emailed me about the award. I was really excited when I found out,” Tyler said. “The whole season—every game, the practices, being close to the guys—was awesome. Trinity is all about culture. The older players set the tone for us younger guys. I won Rookie of the Year because they pushed me hard throughout the season to make me the best player I could possibly be.”
He was no stranger to accolades as a Saint either, having been named a “Best All-Around Athlete” at the Sixth Form Awards, Co-MVP of Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse, MVP and Team Captain for Varsity Football, Offensive Player of the Year in the Evergreen League, and All-New England Prep B First Team for football.
That hilltop experience has served Tyler well in the next step of his journey. “The prep school education at Canterbury really helped me with the time management skills I needed as an athlete and student in college,” he shared. “I will always carry with me the friendships and bonds I made there. They gave me so many memories.”
The feeling is mutual among his peers and coaches at Canterbury. “Tyler is an outstanding football player with a relentless drive to win,” said Jim Stone P ’23, ’24, Director of Athletics and Varsity Football Head Coach. “We are thrilled that he has continued his success on the field at Trinity.”
Congratulations to this Saint who continues to roll!