Mississinawa Valley’s Trenton Trobridge signs to play football at Lake Erie College

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Mississinawa Valley Trenton Trobridge signs to play football at Lake Erie College. (Dale Barger photo)

UNION CITY – Mississinawa Valley senior Trenten Trobridge has signed his letter of intent to play football at Lake Erie College to continue his athletic and academics in college.

Lake Erie College is located in Painesville, Ohio and is an NCAA DII program that plays in the Great Midwest Conference.

Trent along with his Father Donnie. (Dale Barger photo)

Trent is a cousin to Mississinawa Valley football head coach Stephen Trobridge who happened to be a motivating factor in Trent’s love for the game of football along with David, Michael and Caleb Trobridge who are all assistant coaches at Mississinawa as well.

“Coach pushed me harder than anyone, he along with David who I have been working out with since like fourth grade along with Michael all have made me become a better player on and off the field.  Stephen made me a better person in general even in the classroom,” Trent stated.

Coaches; Top Row: Michael Trobridge, David Trobridge and Caleb Trobridge; Bottom Row: Stephen Trobridge, Trenton Trobridge and Zeb Hannan. (Dale Barger photo)

But the one thing Trent wanted to do more than anything was play college football and maybe one day become a coach which was inspired by Stephen.

Trent has always looked up to Stephen from watching him play college football when he was young, to seeing him become a coach at Mississinawa to finally playing for him as well.

Trent shared with Stephen a photo he saved of him when he signed to play at Bluffton and expressed his desire to wear the same jersey number 57 that he wore at Mississinawa.

Trent saved this photo of his cousin and head football coach Stephen Trobridge when he signed to play at Bluffton.

“Trent share with me that when people told him he couldn’t play college football he laughed, because he knew people said the same thing about me.  He then told me that he hoped I made him proud because all he wanted to do was be just like me,” Stephen shared.

Trent has always been a hard worker but when your family all lives and breathes football it becomes a part of you, and he talked about that experience.

Trent Trobridge and family. (Dale Barger photo)

“I loved it, growing up with all of them around football.  Plus, I love my school, Mississinawa is my home, I love this school, all my teammates, my coaches it’s been a great 10 years, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” Trent commented.

Trent caught Lake Erie College’s eyes on the defensive side of the ball and they liked what they saw even though he was undersized to play on the line or in the middle.  But they believe he can be effective by playing outside linebacker as an edge rusher.

Trent liked the feel of the college on his visit, and he liked that they had a sports management degree.

“I want to become a college coach someday,” Trent said.

Well one thing is certain he already has a window into coaching with his family and he has the motivation to prove he can play at the next level.

“My parents Donnie and Lisa have been so supportive of me, and I couldn’t do this without them, and I love them both so much and I’m grateful for this opportunity,” Trent concluded.

Coach Stephen Trobridge has some final words of advice for Trenten.

“You know it’s come full circle, he used to watch me play and now I’m going to go watch him play.  He picked a great school financially, everything. It’s perfect and now this is his chance to leave his own legacy,” Stephen concluded.

Trent and Teammates (Dale Barger photo)