The Trinity Western Spartans are the athletic teams that represent Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. The university’s teams are members of U Sports, and compete in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association, and where applicable, in the Pacific division.
Since joining Canada West and U Sports in 1999, the Spartans have captured 12 U Sports team championships and 29 Canada West team championships. The Spartans men’s volleyball team has won six national championships, while the women’s soccer team have won five and the women’s volleyball team has won one. The men’s volleyball team has won 12 U Sports medals, followed by the women’s soccer team, who has nine; the women’s volleyball team, who has five; the men’s soccer team, who has four; the women’s cross country team, who has three; the women’s track and field team, who has two; and the men’s basketball and men’s cross country teams, who each have one.
The Spartans are known for their spirited fans, who have earned the title of “The Spartan Faithful”.
The Trinity Western University men’s basketball program made its U Sports (then CIAU) debut in the 1999-2000 season. Competing in the Canada West conference, the Spartans have won three Canada West medals, winning bronze in 2003, 2009, and most recently in 2011. The 2011 season proved to be the most successful in program history, as head coach Scott Allen led the Spartans to their first U Sports men’s basketball championship tournament in Halifax, N.S., upsetting the number 1-seeded UBC Thunderbirds in the semi-finals to advance to the national final. The Spartans settled for a program-best silver medal after falling to the Carleton Ravens in the championship game. The Spartans men’s basketball program has had one U Sports major award winner, with Jacob Doerksen winning the Mike Moser Memorial Trophy as the U Sports Men’s Basketball Player of the Year in 2008-09. Since 2019, the Spartans have been led by Head Coach Trevor Pridie.
The Spartans women’s basketball team has competed in the Canada West conference since joining the league for the 1999-2000 season. The program earned a playoff berth in its very first year in Canada West, but it took until 2015-16 before the Spartans won their first-ever playoff game, beating the Victoria Vikes in Game 2 (84-79) of a best-of-three series. The following year, 2016–17, the Spartans won their first-ever playoff series, beating the Brandon Bobcats in a best-of-three first round series (2-1). In 2017-18, the Spartans advanced to their first-ever Canada West semi-final series, eventually settling for fourth place in the conference playoffs. Since 2010, the Spartans have been led by Head Coach Cheryl Jean-Paul, who won her first Canada West Coach of the Year award in 2017-18.