Among this year's inductees into the Collingwood Collegiate Institute (CCI) Black and Gold Society is Nicole Trott, a basketball star early on with a career in coaching.
The Black and Gold Society started in 1998 as a way to recognize graduates who had exceptional high school athletic careers and went on to achieve great things in sports after high school. The society also honours those who have worked to pioneer and build CCI athletics in their careers as athletes, coaches, and teachers at CCI.
While attending CCI, Trott excelled at basketball and made the senior team while still in Grade 10. She regularly won MVP awards at high school tournaments and was a Jr. and Sr. Athlete of the Year at CCI. She participated in the Ontario Basketball Association Trailblazers program and helped earn a Provincial Championship title in 2002.
During her basketball career, Trott was selected for the Centre of Performance National Program, the Nike All-Canada Camp and the Ontario Provincial Basketball team.
She attended the University of Vermont via the basketball program on a full athletic scholarship. She played five years for the Canada Drive Basketball Team travelling across the USA. Trott worked as the assistant coach of Oberlin College in the USA, she was a D3 school and head coach for the Toronto Lords U10 Girls basketball team and is currently coaching for the Raptors Basketball Academy program and the University of Toronto Women’s Basketball team. She works at Sterling Hall School, an all-boys elementary school in Toronto.
Trott, 10 other athletes, and three builders will be inducted into the Black and Gold Society during a ceremony on Sept. 21 as part of the CCI 160th anniversary reunion.