Alumni Weekend is a time of reunions, parties, and fellowship.
by James Hill ’76
It is also a time when Trinity University honors some of its best, which will be the case Oct. 22 as the fourth Trinity University Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony is held. The ceremony is slated for halftime of the Tigers’ football game with Centre College, which kicks off at 1:30 p.m. at E.M. Stevens Stadium. A reception will be held in the lobby of the William H. Bell Athletic Center following the game.
Trinity Athletic Director Bob King is the chair of the selection committee and University President Dr. John R. Brazil will introduce the honorees.
The individual inductees are: Dr. Ronald K. Calgaard, former president of Trinity University (1979-1999); Mike Bacsik, baseball (1975); Terri Hailey, women’s basketball and softball (1981); Walter Huntley, football (1971); and Cliff Buchholz and Butch Newman, men’s tennis (both 1965).
In addition, Trinity’s United States Tennis Association Collegiate Women’s Championship teams will be inducted. The Tiger women won the USTA national team titles in 1968, 1969, 1973, 1975, and 1976.
Dr. Calgaard developed and approved plans for the Bell Center and Jesse H. Jones Recreation Area. Trinity joined the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference in 1988. He was a key factor in Trinity’s becoming an NCAA Division III powerhouse. Trinity finished ninth in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Cup nationally in 1999. Dr. Calgaard earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Luther College in 1959. He later went on to the University of Iowa where he received a master’s (1961) and Ph.D. (1963).
Bacsik had a pitching record of 23-11 at Trinity, with a 2.45 earned run average. He also fanned 240 batters. He sported a record of 10-1 in 1972 and 10-4 in 1973. Bacsik played Major League Baseball for five years (1975-1980) for the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins. He had a record of 8-6 and 4.43 ERA. In 1979, he pitched a 4-2 record for the Twins. Bacsik earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration.
Hailey set school records for women’s basketball in career points (1,806), field goals made (726), field goals attempted (1,717) and rebounds (978). She was named to the Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association All-Conference team as a freshman. In softball, Hailey was chosen as the 1979 Texas Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Division III Athlete of the Year. Hailey earned a Bachelor of Science in physical education.
Huntley earned All-Southland Conference honors three times as a split end and free safety. He also was selected for the Associated Press All-America Second Team. He was also chosen for the United Press International All-Texas Team in 1970. The team included all schools in the state, including
Buchholz and Newman compiled a doubles record of 24-3. They won nine doubles titles and reached the United States semifinals in 1964. The Tiger duo captured the national junior title while Trinity students. Buchholz, an All-American in 1965, had a career singles record of 47-8. He went on to become a major force in organizing and developing professional tournaments. Newman and the late Chuck McKinley were Trinity’s first tennis All-Americans, in 1963. He earned the honor once more, in 1965. Newman reached the NCAA singles quarterfinals and doubles. He played many world-class tournaments, including Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. A member of the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame, Newman, the current coach of Trinity tennis, led the Tiger men and women to the NCAA Division III Championships in 2000. The Trinity teams won the titles on the same day, minutes apart, in different states. Buchholz received a Bachelor of Science in sociology and Newman earned a Bachelor of Science in math.
Trinity’s women’s tennis teams won the national collegiate titles before the NCAA sanctioned female athletics. Individually, Emilie Burrer Foster ’69 – inducted as an individual to the Hall of Fame Class of 2001 – won USTA singles and doubles championships in 1968 and 1969, as well as doubles crowns with Becky Vest. Foster went on to a successful coaching career at Trinity. JoAnne Russell and Donna Stockton Roup ’76, captured the USTA doubles championship in 1975. Stephanie Tolleson was the singles champ the same year. Other standouts and All-Americans from the championship era were Mary Hamm-Ridings ’76, Sandy Stap Clifton ’78, Ann Schroeder ’78 and Carrie Fleming Cromartie ’79.
The championship coaches were 1960 graduate John Newman (1973 and 1975 championships) and Marilyn Montgomery Rindfuss ’57 (1976 championship). Shirley Rushing Poteet, a longtime member of the Department of Physical Education, was the team sponsor from 1965 to 1974.
A special plaque of each 2005 honoree will be mounted on the Athletic Hall of Fame in the Bell Center, along with the other classes. Recent photos, along with photos of the honorees during their collegiate competition days, are included on the plaques, as well as athletic accomplishments.
A selection committee chooses the finalists from nominations throughout the nation.