Regina Trimboli Athlete of the Year -
Regina “Jean” Trimboli is an excellent multi-sport athlete, participating in Basketball and Softball. She is known for being a strong leader and a great teammate. She is also known for being a fierce competitor and those that know her will tell you that they would much rather play with her than compete against her. She has won many honors at state, regional, and national levels. She has been competing in the Connecticut Masters’ Games since she was eligible. On the softball field, Jean plays for Nor’easters . She is a tenacious left fielder, bats lead-off for the team, and is an accomplished base runner. More often than not the Nor’easters are matched up with younger teams to play in the qualifying rounds, and usually they win. In 3-on3 Basketball, she plays with Connecticut Classics 2, a tough team which has a history of winning Gold.
Playing sports as a child in her backyard and driveway with her dad and 5 siblings is where Jean’s love of sports began. Two years after Title IX was signed into law, Jean made history as the first female to be offered the first full women’s basketball scholarship at the Lady Pioneers and played on the first Girls Basketball team at Sacred Heart University, coached by none other than National Softball Hall of Fame catcher, the legendary Rosemary “Mickey’ Stratton. In an interview with The Hour’s George Albano back in July of 2015 Jean remarked, “There were no 3-point baskets back then – I had a lot of fast breaks”. In her college career, Jean had a 19 Points per game average and 93% at Free Throws.
After college Jean saw to it that her family was also well involved in sports. Jean lovingly refers to her three boys and two girls “...My starting 5…no subs”. She built a kids size basketball court in their basement, complete with electronic scoreboard. Her kids forged their own paths in the game and a quick internet search will show you that the words Trimboli and Basketball have been synonymous in Fairfield County, the Northeast and nationally for many many years.
Since 2012 the CT Classics 2 three-on-three basketball team have been 4X National Champions taking the Gold at the Cleveland, Minnesota, Albuquerque, and Ft. Lauderdale Nationals. 9X State Champions at the CT Masters Games, 2X World Champions at the Huntsman World Games in Utah, and the team has won 28 Gold medal championships at other State games as well– Texas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Nevada, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York and Maine. There’s been ONLY one silver medal but with the CT Classics 2, it’s been nothing but Gold.
Her Nor’easters women’s senior softball team are also 4X National Champions taking the Gold at the Cleveland, Minnesota, Birmingham, and Ft. Lauderdale Nationals and 7X State Champions at the CT Masters Games. They have medaled every year since 2012 in multiple tournaments sponsored by SPA, SSUSA, ISSA and many of other state sponsored senior games all over the country.
This year’s Nationals in Ft. Lauderdale, Trimboli proudly carried the Connecticut Flag at the Opening Ceremonies Parade of Athletes, joining over 10,000 Senior Athletes, the cream of the crop, from around the country. The CT Classics 2 took the Gold by beating all other teams by a margin of 18-50 points per game, and the Nor’easters also won Gold by beating the competition by a margin of 1-15 runs per game.
As her children grew and played sports, .Jean remained involved with the sports she loved. She was the Commissioner of Norwalk Biddy Basketball League for 30 seasons with 700 participants, 122 coaches and coached multiple teams (both boys and girls) during the 30 season run. She was also Team member & Manager at the Fairfield Recreation Women’s Softball league for 40 years – winning the season and playoff Championships 98% of the time. In 2018 she was inducted to the Joel Barlow High School Athletic hall of fame for basketball and softball.
Jean is eagerly awaiting the birth of her 7th grandchild. Her favorite time spent, when she’s not working or playing her own sports, is being with her other six grandchildren and attending their basketball, baseball, softball and lacrosse games. She still attends any game that her adult children continue to play in as well. Despite this whirlwind lifestyle of sports, travel, family time and National trips for weeks at a time, Jean continues to work full time remotely.
Jean’s commitment to sport throughout her whole life is the embodiment of the CT Master’s Games mission to promote better overall health and fitness among senior athletes and to inspire the development of physical and competitive abilities. It is with great honor that we present the CT Masters’ Games athlete of the year award to Regina “Jean” Trimboli.