The 2019 season marks Cris Trillo’s 18th year as head coach of the men’s soccer team at Joliet Junior College.
Trillo's teams have compiled a 141-135-17 overall record, and he has been named Region IV Coach of the Year four times during his career. He has coached 11 All-Americans, 51 All-Region players, and 49 All-Conference players at JJC.
In 1993, Trillo came to JJC to teach Spanish and French for the English & Foreign Language department. A year later, he created the soccer club and coached it for eight years until the college made men’s soccer a varsity sport. In 2002, he was offered the head coaching position. He now devotes his time to his two passions: languages and soccer.
Trillo spent his childhood between Morocco and Spain. He attended a French school in Tangier, Morocco and was a two-sport athlete playing soccer and basketball. He attended the Universidad de Granada in Spain, where he played soccer and received his bachelor’s degree in Translation. Before coming to the United States, he worked and played club soccer in Madrid, Spain.
In the United States, Trillo received bachelor's and master’s degrees from the University of Northern Iowa. While attending UNI, he played club soccer. He continues to play soccer at the Wheatland Athletic Association in Aurora throughout the year. In the summer, he travels to Spain with his wife, Donna, and their two daughters.
Eduardo Rios is in his second year as assistant coach of the men’s soccer team. Rios played for the Wolves in 2014 and 2015, starting 34 games as a defender. He was also a team captain during his second year. He has played for the La Garita amateur soccer team, and still plays in local leagues to stay in shape.