This report analyzes the 1989 football season at Trinity University, and reasons for the lack of success. I interview two individuals who were members of the team during the season. The report also looks into the troubling reality of CTE, and the effect that it has had on members of the team.
Of Ronald Calgaard women’s volleyball coach Julie Jenkins said, “Most people who have been here as long as I have…would also say that he had the biggest influence on this university, period (2019).” Tennis was most often associated with Trinity sports in the 1970s. Current students will be quick to mention that Trinity no longer offers tennis athletic scholarships, makes use of its many tennis courts, or boasts a Division 1 tennis team. The catalyst for these changes was former Trinity President Ronald Calgaard. His policies created a lot of controversy among students, faculty, alumni, and administration. While Calgaard’s interpretation of ‘liberal arts’ seemed to come at a cost to athletics, his new vision for Trinity ultimately proved beneficial to the importance and popularity of sports from 1985 - 1995.
1972 National Champion Tennis Team
The popularity of both intramural sports and Greek life on Trinity’s campus dates all the way back to the 1980s when both Greek life and intramurals were at their prime. This exhibit explores how intramural sports played a huge role in the development of Greek life at Trinity University from 1980-1989.
This exhibit discusses the relationship between Greek Life and Intramurals participation.
This exhibit explores the success of the 1968-69 Trinity men's basketball team and what made them so successful. The 1969 Team was likely the best in school history. Competing at the Divison 1 level in the Southland Conference, they finished with a 19-5 record and qualified for the NCAA tournament.
The Trinity University Tennis program was a Division 1 powerhouse for decades, but that all changed in 1991. The school board decided to shift the team to Division 3 to join the rest of Trinity sports teams who had all shifted previously. The team was no longer the same tennis giant that took on big state schools across the country for the national championship year after year. The shift to a lower division was not completely negative for the program or the school. There were many positives that came out of the move to Division 3 that gave the program a new identity.
This exhibit explores how Felix Thruston and Chuck McKinley's athletic success gave them a unique opporutnity to spur necessary and influential changes on Trinity University's campus.
This exhibit highlights and describes Trinity Football's lack of support and prominence on campus throughout the last few decades, even though football has only grown in popularity in the US.
At the beginning of the 1980s, Trinity Football was rumored to be on the verge of extinction. This exhibit examines the grassroots efforts made by Trinity students and the lack thereof an administrative effort made to permeate fandom throughout the Trinity community.
This exhibit will examine the impact of Ashley Farrimond in her years playing Trinity volleyball from 2001-2004. This four time All-American holds many records within the Trinity University Record books and has received multiple awards for her successes. Not only did Farrimond have a hand in the success of Trinity Volleyball from ‘01-’04 but she continues to affect it with her mastery of the setting position and the traits that allowed her to be a successful leader. She accomplished great success through rewards and titles; however, the greatest of them was being able to leave an imprint in history and contribute to the successes of Trinity Volleyball today.
This exhibit will explore what contributed to the dissipation of the Trinity University Marching Band, eventually leading to its complete removal from football games. This once-thriving organization began to diminish in the late 1960s and the 1970s, and President Calgaard's arrival in 1979 served as the final nail in the coffin.