Browse Exhibits (5 total)

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The Legacy Of Ron Calgaard And The Bell Center

This exhibit dives into the athletic facility improvements made at Trinity University during the early 1990s. Specifically, the renovations made that transformed the previously known Sam's Center into the present-day William H. Bell Center.  Moreover, this exhibit examines the crucial decisions and impacts on Trinity's athletic programs through the narrative of President Ron Calgaard. 

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Sport in the Calgaard Era

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.


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President Ron Calgaard

Dr. Calgaard became the 16th President of Trinity University and was in charge from 1979-1999. President Calgaard was elected into the Trinity University Athletic's Hall of Fame in 2005. He is the only University President who has been inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame and had a profound impact on athletics and the athletic department at Trinity University. 

To this day Trinity University continues to have a nationally competitive Division III athletics program, because of the influence and direction of President Calgaard. Throughout his 20 year tenure as President of Trinity University, Dr. Calgaard developed and approved the plans for the William H. Bell Center, oversaw the transition as the school joined the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, and created a community environment where students and student-athletes could interact and learn together. Without the guidance of President Calgaard, who knows where Trinity would be today.



Gene Norris' Career

This exhibit will take a look at the life and career of Gene Norris as he worked his way from assistant football coach to the athletics director. This website will also take a look at Gene Norris' overall impact on the athletics department as he helped it transition from Division 1 to Division 3 athletics.

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College Divisions and their Impact on the Campus Atmosphere on Sport by Antonio Massagli

This exhibit lays out the history of Trinity University's athletic program during the NCAA division series creation and how that change affected the university, from 1960-Present day.Trinity is typically known as a small private university with high academic standards and a fairly decent athletic program centered around the Division III competition. Contrary to the current image, Trinity used to be a very competitive "Division I" program, playing teams such as Texas A&M and Air Force, and was even known as a party school. Trinity's image began to change around 1973 when the NCAA decided to divide what was the "Major School" and "Small School" brackets and divide them into the Division I,II,III that we now know today.