Browse Exhibits (18 total)
This exhibit is about the shift that the tennis program underwent from division 1 to division 3 in 1990. Specifically, the change in athletes and the effects of the change on the program as a whole. Moreover, this exhibit examines the emotions surrounding the crucial decision to switch from important former and current players and coaches in the tennis program.
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.
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.
1972 National Champion Tennis Team
This page is going to serve to show the dominance of Trinity Tennis in the 1960s and 70s. This dominance came as the result of an extremely deep team. Though there were numerous superstars, the ability of every single member of the team to win big matches consistently was critical. This dynasty is comprable to many of the most historic American sporting dynasties, such as the current Alabama football squad, the New England Patriots, and more recent Golden State Warriors. This era was very impressive for a college tennis team, and this exhibit serves to show how impressive they were, and how depth of talent played the biggest role in this success.
Chuck McKinley has been one of the most successful athletes Trinity University has produced in its entire athletic existance. This exhibit dives into the life of Chuck analyzing vital events in his life that greatly contributed to his success at Trinity. This exhibit will discuss the following question: Who was Chuck McKinley, what was his role at Trinity Unversity, and in what way did his presence impact his fellow tennis teammates?
This exhibit will feature three individuals in the 1960's and 70's who gave Trinity Tennis national recognition. You will experience the success of the team as well as the individuals who hepled build and strngthen the program.
This exhibit visits the career of the local San Antonio legend Butch Newman during his days at Trinity University from 1961-1965.
Trinity University has a history of athletic excellence. The success of the athletics progam has been consistent since the beginning. However, there have been several key changes over time. Perhaps the biggest of these changes is the overall culture revolving athletics on campus.
This exhibit will highlight this change by using former Tiger star and current coach Gretchen Rush to provide an example of how things used to be, and the overall change in athletic culture.
Beginning in the 1920s, the Trinity University Tennis Program has developed into a nationall recognized powerhouse. All of the credit can go to three main people: Clarence Mabry, Chuck McKinley and Butch Newman. These three men were standouts during their time here at Trinity are have also left the biggest impact on the program as a whole. This page will delve further into each of them plus matches that they played in and an overview of the 1970s and '80s which were widely regarded as the "Golden Era" for Trinity tennis.
This exhibit will follow Robert McKinley, a former Trinity tennis standout, from the first time he picked up a racket to the last. You will learn where his love for tennis came from and what motivated him to accomplish everything he did.