Tiger Tennis Standouts
Since the 1960’s, Trinity tennis has built a program to be remembered. Some of the notable players include Butch Newman, Chuck and Bob McKinley, Brian and Larry Gottfried, Dick Stockton, and Bill Scanlon. On the women’s side, Gretchen Rush, Anne Smith, Karen Hantze Susman, and JoAnne Russell were the major contributors to the success of the program (Personal interview with James Hill, 2016). However, a team cannot alone be successful without the leadership of a great coach. Clarence Mabry, Butch Newman, and Bob McKinley have been just a few of Trinity’s many successful coaches.
The year 1968 marked the first year Trinity began its dynasty in Division I tennis history. During this year, the women’s team won the USTA National Women’s Collegiate Championship (“National Champions,” 2016). The women’s team did it again the following year. Trinity also took the individual Singles and Doubles Championships that year as well. Emilie Burrer won the Singles championship in both 1968 and 1969 and she and Becky Vest won the Doubles titles in 1968 and 1969. The men took charge of their program in 1972 when they won their first NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship after being the runner up in 1970 (“National Champions,” 2016 & “Trinity Tigers,” 2016). In total, the Tiger tennis teams won six Team Championships and 10 individual Championships together, including both singles and doubles as a Division I program (“National Champions,” 2016).