SAN ANTONIO – Trinity
University Director of Athletics Bob King today announced the
restructuring of coaching and staff positions for men’s and women’s tennis.
Beginning Aug. 1, Butch Newman will assume the new position of Director of Tennis, Russell McMindes will be the head coach of men’s tennis, and Ryan Takao will continue as
head coach of the women’s tennis team.
“The restructuring of positions will
allow us to better address the needs of the tennis program,’’ Mr. King said.
“We were able to hire two outstanding head coaches and establish the new
position of Director of Tennis by reallocating existing funding.
“The change of responsibilities will give
Butch the opportunity to focus on achieving the long term goals of developing
an outstanding on-campus facility for men’s and women’s tennis, recruiting
academically qualified and athletically talented student athletes , and to
continue to cultivate a relationship with former tennis student- athletes from
the Division I and Division III eras.”
Mr. King concluded, “Over the past 50
years, Trinity has established one of the great programs in the history of
intercollegiate tennis for men and women. Today’s announcement will help us to
enhance the rich tradition of Trinity tennis!”
Coach Newman has coached the Tiger men’s
team since 1986, and guided the Trinity women from 1991 to 2008. He led both
Tiger teams to the NCAA playoffs and Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
Championships. Coach Newman was named national coach of the year on three
A crowning achievement occurred in
2000, when the Tiger men and women captured the NCAA Division III
Championships, minutes apart and in two different states.
“Coaching the tennis teams
at Trinity University has made the past 23 years of my life extremely
meaningful,” coach Newman said. “But, I know that Russell is the right man to
take over the reins. The
future of Trinity tennis is exciting and I am happy to be a continuing part of
Coach Newman was a two-time All-American
at Trinity in 1963 and 1965. His 53-2 singles record is the best in Tiger
history. He was inducted into the Trinity University Athletic Hall of Fame in
Coach McMindes has completed seven
seasons as the Trinity men’s assistant coach. He was a three-year letter winner
for the Tigers and was a member of Trinity’s 2000 NCAA Division III national
championship team. Coach McMindes earned a bachelor’s degree from Trinity in
engineering science in 2002. A resident of San Antonio, he was the Clemens High
School valedictorian in 1997.
“I am humbled and honored to have the
opportunity to become part of the history and tradition that goes with becoming
Trinity tennis men's head coach,” said coach McMindes, who also was a tennis
professional at the San Antonio Country Club. “Coach Newman is a legend, and
there is no way to replace him. We are fortunate to have him continue as
director of tennis.”
Coach Takao, who took over the women’s team in the fall of 2008, has completed
13 years as a coach with the Tiger tennis program. He served as the women’s
tennis assistant under coach Newman, and was on board when the Tigers captured
the NCAA championship. Coach Takao earned the bachelor of arts in humanities
from Trinity in 1996 and was a four-year letter winner on the Tiger men’s team.
He helped lead Trinity to three consecutive SCAC titles. Coach Takao was named
to the All-SCAC Team twice in his career, and spearheaded Trinity to four NCAA postseason
“Russell is a great addition,” said coach Takao about his colleague. “He has a
lot of heart and spirit. It’s nice to know a Tiger alum is taking the reins and
continuing the Trinity tennis legacy.”
And coach Newman could not be more pleased that two people he mentored are now
running the teams.
“I am really excited to have two of my former players leading the charge as
head men’s coach and head women’s coach,” coach Newman said. “I am confident
and excited about the future of Trinity tennis, that these two young men will
add to the program.”