Spears is joining a hearty football tradition at Trinity. The Bantams have a 51-game home winning streak and seem to have a momentous rivalry with every team in the NESCAC. That includes Amherst, where Spears’ older brother Jaymie is a defensive back. The elder Spears played for Haverhill High and then St. Mark’s school before matriculating to Amherst.
“As an athlete, who wouldn’t want to be part of something like that?” Powers said. “The excitement they have at their home games is great, and to know you’re most likely playing for a title at the end of every season, what more could you ask for? And he gets to play against his brother at Amherst, too.”
Pingree also has Brendan Oliver, the Highlanders’ quarterback who graduated in 2011, playing at Trinity as the starting tight end. “I would’ve loved to see that combination on our field,” Powers quipped.
For Spears, there was no matching the allure of the football culture at Trinity and the educational advantages that the NESCAC schools provide.
“We think it’s fabulous. Trinity is a place that’s done a great job athletically both in football and other sports. We have a number of girls lacrosse players there that competed for a national championship,” Powers added. “Ultimately, it was a place to great education and have the opportunities he wanted on the football field.”