Browse Exhibits (19 total)

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With the 21st Pick in the 1968 NFL Draft...

This exhibit highlights one of Trinity University's most versitle football player and leading scorer, Marvin Upshaw. 

 

 

 

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Marvin Upshaw: Collegiate Athletics, Racial Equality, & Trinity University

Marvin Allen Upshaw was born on November 22nd, 1946 in Robstown, Texas; a town nearly two hours south of San Antonio (Hall of Fame, 2001). When it came time for Upshaw to make a college decision nearly eighteen years later, Upshaw decided to take his talents to the one and only Trinity University in the fall of 1964. At the time, Trinity University was a small and private Presbyterian affiliated institution located in the heart of downtown San Antonio. Rather than follow older brother Gene to Texas A&I, Upshaw took his own leap of faith by accepting a scholarship to play both football and baseball for Trinity. 

Upon Upshaw’s arrival on campus in the fall of 1964, he immediately stood out for both his size, at six-foot-four and 245 lbs. (“Tiger lineman plays tough”, September 1967, p. 11), as well as his skin color. The demographic of Trinity’s campus was purely white and the majority of students came from upper middle to upper class families (Pritz, 2016). Trinity then, as now, was a small school where most students knew one another (Weiss, 2016). Although one of the few African American students on campus, Upshaw would prove to be accepted by teammates, coaches, and classmates through being a standout athlete on the football field, on the baseball diamond, and by serving as president for the “T” Association. 

 

Coaches, Teammates, and Classmates on Upshaw

Head coach Earl Gartman shared with The Trinitonian in the fall of 1967 that Upshaw was as good as any lineman in Texas and the best player Trinity has to offer (“Tiger lineman plays tough,” September 1967, p. 11). Following Upshaw’s invite to the Senior bowl following the season, Gartman added on to his comments about Upshaw as being “one of the best football players I’ve ever seen, let alone coached,” (“Upshaw All American; invited to Senior bowl,” December 1967, p. 7). 

Teammate Greg Lens cited Upshaw as his greatest inspiration on the field and trying to beat Upshaw in on-field performance is one of his top challenges (Mervin, October 1967, p. 10).

Ron Pritz, a Trinity graduate in 1969, first started his friendship with Upshaw during the two weeks of two-a-days for football in the summer of 1965. Pritz (2016) shared that "Marvin was a wonderful guy, remarkably friendly, and easy to know and be around."

Eric Weiss, a Trinity graduate in 1968, took Opera Literature with Upshaw and had the opportunity to get to know Upshaw both in the classroom and while studying together. Weiss (2016) shared that "Upshaw was very well known at Trinity, both as a superb athlete, and as an all-around nice guy."

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The Woman, the Myth, the Legend: Libby Johnson

The story of Libby Johnson and the impact she made at Trinity University from 1972-1980 after the implication of Title IX. 

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Trinity baseball defies the odds

This exhibit will focus on the use of smokeless tobacco in the baseball world. Dipping is an addiction and the baseball team of '92 kicked the dangerous habit. 

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History of The Trinity Swim Team's Accomplishments and Team Culture

The Trinity swim team has been nationally recognized for producing many swimmers who compete at a national level. This exhibit hopes to bring to light some of these individuals who have helped make the swim team what it is today, and how the team culture is an important aspect of the team's accomplishments. 

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Coach Carla Spenkoch and Trinity Golf since 1997

This Exhibit is a spotlight on the Trinity University golf program, both men and women focusing on the found succeess under Carla Spenkoch from 1997-2005 for the Men's program and from 1997-2016 for the women's program.

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A New Football Tradition - Early 1990's

This exhibit focuses on Steve Mohr and how he turned the Trinity football program around in the early to mid 1990's. As Coach Mohr steadily instilled a new tradition into Trinity's football program, he saw results in just three years.

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The Creation of Trinity Soccer: 1959-1969

Trinity University’s men’s soccer team is one of the most respected intercollegiate soccer programs in the state of Texas, and across the whole nation in Division 3 sports. Trinity won the 2003 National Championship and were Runners-Up in 2007. In recent years, the Tigers have been to three straight Elite 8’s, and haven’t failed to qualify for the Tournament since 2001. They’ve won the SCAC Championship 13 out of the last 14 seasons; an incredible period of dominance. The leadership of Paul McGinlay, who just celebrated his 25th anniversary at the institution, has taken the program to new heights and established a culture of winning that means the team set out every August with the same aim: win the program’s second National Championship. But how did this all begin? This exhibit describes the creation of the Trinity University Men's Soccer Team. From it's confusing beginnings in 1959, and the immediate disappearance of that team, to the rebirth of the team in 1965, Trinity Soccer is now one of the premier soccer programs in the US. This is a history of how it began.

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The Resurrection of Intramurals

Currently, the Intruamural program is a strong and well known part of campus life. However, this has not always been the case. There was a time when the program was in danger of being lost, but thanks to the diligent work of both staff members and students, the program was saved and given new life. 

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Hiring Coach Mohr

This exhibit discusses the hiring of Trinity Football Coach, Steve Mohr in 1990, and the lastign impact it has had on the program since.  Coach Mohr has been inducted into the Trinity HOF for his efforts as head coach from 1990-2013.  During his tenure he led the Tigers to 16 SCAC championships, 12 DIII playoff appearences and posted a total record of 92-29

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Trinity Trap and Skeet Powerhouse 1970-1985

This exhibit will cover the Trinity University Trap and Skeet team from its creation in 1970 and will go more specifically into the coach of the team Colonel Tom Hanzel and his illustrious 15 year career.