Trinity Catholic High School

2016-2017 Coaching Staff


Joe Hammersmith- Head HS Boys Basketball

Coach Hammersmith will enter his 24th year as the head boys basketball coach of Trinity Catholic.  In his 24 years he accumulated 280 wins against 202 losses for a 58% winning percentage.  He is by far the longest tenured head coach in the programs history.  Under Coach Hammersmith’s guidance, Trinity Catholic has been to 3 state tournaments, placing 2rd and 3nd in two of the three state tournaments. 

He has also coached high school track and cross-country for many seasons.  His cross-country teams won 4 state titles, 2 runner-up and 4 3rd place finishes.  He also served as an assistant and head junior high football coach for 3 seasons.

Coach Hammersmith is a graduate of Ellinwood High School.  After graduation he attended St. Mary of the Plains College on a basketball scholarship.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Newman University.  His master’s degree in Sports Administration from Wichita State University.  Finally, he received his Building Leadership certificate from Fort Hays State University. 

Coach Hammersmith is married to his wife Karen.  They have two daughters, Morgan, who is a sophomore at Trinity Catholic and Mariah, who attends Fort Hays State University and is a member of the track & field team. 


Stephanie Banning-JH Boys and Girls Tennis 

This is my second year of coaching junior high tennis.  Previously I was an assistant coach for the high school girls for two seasons and the high school boys for one season.  I have always loved sports as both a participant and a fan.  In high school, I lettered in cross-country, basketball, and track, and played softball in the summer.  One of the reasons I originally wanted to teach was my interest in sports and coaching.  During my first teaching job (a “few” years ago), I coached middle school basketball and track.  I developed a love of tennis when my own boys started playing in junior high.  I started coaching tennis at Trinity after my youngest son graduated from high school because I enjoyed it and wanted to help out the team.


Jan Frieb – Head HS Volleyball 

This is Coach Frieb’s 25th year as the head high school volleyball coach.  Frieb is a graduate of Otis-Bison HS, received her BS in Education from Newman University and her Masters in Physical Education from Emporia State.  While at Newman she played volleyball for 2 years and all 4 years at Otis-Bison High School.  Frieb was the all-state setter her senior year (86’) when her team won the 2A state championship.  At Trinity, Frieb has an accumulated record of 445 wins and 339 losses.  Over the years, her teams have been regional champions in 1993; HOA league champs in 13’; 6x league runner-up (06’,07’, 12’, 14’, 15’ and 16’); 6x sub-state runner-up (01’, 02’, 03’, 06’, 08’ and 14’); sub-state champions in 04’ and 07’, where both team finished 4th place in the state tournament.  Frieb was named the all-area coach in 2004; all Reno County coach in 2007 and was honored to coach at the all-star games in 2005.


Jan Frieb – Head Track/Field HS Coach

Coach Frieb is also in her 25th year for track and field at Trinity.   She participated in track at Otis-Bison High School where she distance races.  Since high school she has ran 3 ½ marathons.   Although her personal experience has been distance running, Frieb’s specialty at Trinity is in sprints, hurdles and sprint relays.  She enjoys coaching track and field because it gives her a chance to build positive relationships with her student-athletes.  Coach Frieb was named the “2011 3A Boys Coach of the Year” after the boys team won the state championship.    She received her certification for The America Academy of Track and Field in 2014 and her certification for Strength and Conditioning in 2016. 


Skip Johnson-Head HS Tennis Coach

1975 - 2017 - Coached women's college basketball and volleyball, junior high girl's volleyball, club volleyball and now tennis (2 years) 1961 - 1970 - Played high school and college basketball and golf. Currently playing tournament and USTA league tennis.


Robert Kelly- JR High Girls Basketball Coach

I will be starting my second year as the head junior high girls coach. I began coaching and refereeing while in college.  I have coached primarily girls for 15 years from YMCA youth through NCAA II and III levels including leading a team to the Colorado Class 1A state tournament. I also have 17 years of experience as a basketball referee. I enjoy coaching basketball because I enjoy teaching the game and teaching kids about being part of a team on and off the court. I have a B.A. in History, M.S. in Library Science, and a M. Ed. in Sports Administration.


Ricky Snyder- JR High Football & HS Girls Basketball Coach

I graduated from Haven High School in 2003, where I participated in Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Tennis.  After graduation, I went to Hesston College for 2 years and graduated from there and went to Bethel College for 2 years.  I went back to Haven to begin my teaching and coaching career.  I was the head JH Football coach for 3 years, assistant HS girls basketball for 3 years, and head boys tennis coach for 2 years.  I left Haven after 3 years to pursue a head coaching job at Trego Community High School in WaKeeney, KS.  While there, I was the head girls basketball coach and head boys tennis coach for 2 years.  My wife and I wanted to move closer to our families so we moved back to Hutch.  I was an assistant JH VB at HMS-7 for 2 years.  I have been an assistant at TC in girls basketball for 1 year, and have been the head girls basketball coach for 4 years, and head JH Football Coach for 3 years. 


Jordan Bell- Head HS Football Coach

Joined the Celtics’ staff as an assistant coach in the fall of 2012.  He was elevated to the role of Head Coach prior to the start of the 2014 season.  Bell stresses the Do It R.I.G.H.T. motto (Respect, Integrity, Grit, Honor, and Trust).  His coaching goal is to teach life lessons through football.

Bell began his coaching career coaching the safeties at Emporia State University in 2004 and the next two seasons coaching the cornerbacks with the Hornets.  He spent three seasons as the defensive backs coach at Hutchinson Community College from 2006-2010. 

Bell was born in Wichita and attended Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, where he graduated in 1999.  While playing football at Bishop Carroll, he was part of back-back Wichita City League championship teams under head coach Alan Shuckman.  Bell also played at Emporia State University from 1999-2003.  He was a three-year letterman at free safety.  Bell played under head coaches Jerry Kill and Dave Wiemers.  He played on Emporia State's 2002 Mineral Water Bowl championship team that went 9-3 and on the Hornets' 2003 MIAA conference champion and NCAA Division II playoff-qualifing team that also went 9-3.

Bell earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Emporia State in 2004 and his master’s in physical education, health and recreation from Emporia State in 2008.


Greg Strecker-Athletic Director- HS Boys Golf

In 2016-2017 Greg has coached 26 years, 17 at Trinity Catholic High School.  He’s coached JH football for 13 years, and HS Boys Golf for 17 years.  Greg has been the Athletic Director for 8 years. 

Joe Palacioz-Head HS Girls Softball Coach

Joe is a 1995 Graduate of Trinity Catholic and played football, basketball and tennis at TC. He began coaching football at Hutchinson Middle School in 2000-2005, was assistant football coach at TC for two seasons 2014-15.  Joe has coached club softball for the past 4 years as well as playing men's fastpitch softball for various Hutchinson, Newton, Wichita teams.

Joe started as assistant coach in 2014 and became head coach in 2015 with a current winning record of 30-11 and a League championship in 2015. Joe loves helping young people become successful on and off the field of play. TC is very important to Joe and he loves being able to coach at his alma mater.


Debra Ohl-JH Track Coach

Coach Ohl, first started track in junior high here at Trinity and continued on into high school.  Ohl was a state participant in 2008 in the javelin and currently holds the TC record at 124’9”.  During her four years in high school she participated in many different events which included: javelin, shot put, discus, 200m, 400m, 4x100 relay and 4x400 relay.  Coach went to college on a volleyball scholarship which started out at Hutchinson Community College then transferred to Angelo State University.   While at HCC, she was Jayhawk Player of the Year in 2010.  In volleyball at ASU she received conference player of the week a couple of times each year.  Also at ASU, she threw javelin during the offseason of volleyball. This will be Coach Ohl’s first year coaching track.  She is nervous but also very excited since she is a big fan of sports.