Trina Braden enters her fourth year as UWG’s head volleyball coach this fall after taking the reins of the program in 2014. Braden was named interim head coach that season before being appointed head coach prior to the 2015 season.
Prior to coming to Carrollton, Braden (formerly Keeton) was the head coach at Embry Riddle (Daytona Beach, Fla.), leading the Eagles for eight seasons. During that span, Braden’s teams posted an overall record of 175-123, and a NAIA Sun Conference record of 66-36. Braden's Eagles made seven NAIA Regional Appearances, had five 2-win seasons, had 28 players named All-Florida Sun Conference, 15 NAIA All-Region selections, and 2 NAIA Honorable Mention All-Americans. In 1997, Braden led the Eagles to a 33 win season, the program's best single-season win total and top winning percentage of .846 and Embry-Riddle's first NAIA Tournament berth.
Embry-Riddle repeated with another 30-win season in 1998 and were ranked as high as 22nd nationally. That season, the Eagles had an 11-game winning streak and won the school's first Florida Sun Conference Tournament title.
In 1999, Braden was named the league’s Coach of the Year as the Eagles won their first Regional win in school history. Braden backed that up with another stellar season in 2000, leading the Eagles to the championship match of the NAIA Region XIV Tournament falling to FSC Champion Palm Beach Atlantic in the final.
While at Embry Riddle, Braden was the volleyball chair and rater for the NAIA Region XIV, and served as a motivational speaker throughout the state of Florida promoting programs such as "Just Say No", "Goals and Dreams", "Leadership Qualities", "Red Ribbon Week", and "Stay in School". She was also the owner and director of the Daytona Beach Volleyball Club for junior players as well as hosted many ERU/Trina Keeton Volleyball camps during the summer.
Braden left the collegiate coaching ranks following the 2004 season to enter the private business world. She returned to coaching in 2013 as the head coach of A5 South, a top club program in Tyrone, Ga. In 2015, Braden led her team to the postseason at the Girl's Junior National Championships. The following year, Braden led her second U13 team to a SRVA Championship as well as a return trip to the GJNC's. Braden continues to coach at A5 South, as 2017 has proved to be the most successful season to date. She has led her U14 team to many tournament championships throughout the season as well as A5 South's first ever AAU 14-Premier National Title. Following that title, Braden's team were runners-up at the USAV National Tournament in Minneapolis, Minn.
Previously in her career, Braden had been a successful coach of club programs in both Florida and Arizona, and was a prep head coach for one season at her alma mater, Maryvale High School, in Arizona.
As a player, Braden (Keeton) was a Silver medalist on the Olympic Festival volleyball east team where she served as team captain. Collegiately, Braden was a two-time captain at Northern Arizona where she was First Team All-Northwest Region and the school’s Female Athlete of the Year in 1993. A team captain in 1993, Braden is currently second in the NAU record books for block assists in a single match. In high school, Braden was a four-sport star, playing volleyball, softball, basketball, and ran track. She was named the state's highest high school honor in 1989 as All-Arizona Female Athlete of the Year.
Braden graduated with a degree in physical education from Northern Arizona in 1993. She is married to Pierre Braden of Kansas City, Mo. and they have a chihuahua named Brownie.