As the 2017-18 campaign gets under way, Bob King will be in his 25th year as Director of Athletics at Trinity University.
Mr. King, who was appointed in 1993, is the overall administrator of Trinity’s intercollegiate athletics program, intramurals, outdoor recreation, club sports, spirit groups, campus recreation, aquatics, and athletics and recreational facilities.
On the matter of facilities, Mr. King has spearheaded the renovation and transformation of the William H. Bell Athletic Center. The $15 million-plus project includes a new multi-level, glass-enclosed fitness center to be used by all Trinity students, faculty, and staff. Tiger student-athletes will benefit from the sports performance center and an enlarged athletic training room. All locker rooms have been expanded as well.
Sams Gymnasium is to be renamed the Ron and Genie Calgaard Gymnasium, in honor of Trinity’s 16th president and former first lady. Some of the features include maroon seats and an electronic scoreboard with video capability.
Mr. King is highly respected by his peers. He has been elected Athletic Director of the Year three times by the the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). The organization bestowed the honor on Mr. King in 2000, 2004, and 2015.
Since Mr. King took the helm, Tiger teams have captured five NCAA Division III Team Championships: men’s and women’s tennis (2000), women’s basketball (2003), men’s soccer (2003), and, most recently, baseball (2016). Eight teams have advanced to the NCAA finals during Mr. King’s tenure: men’s and women’s tennis, volleyball, football, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s basketball, and baseball.
Six student-athletes have won individual NCAA titles: four women’s high jump, three women’s diving, two men’s pentathlon (Indoor Track & Field), and one men’s swimming. Starting in the fall of 1993, a total of 246 student-athletes have earned All-America accolades in 15 sports.
Tiger squads have also brought home the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Presidents’ Trophy a record 17 times - including in 2017 - as the best overall program in the SCAC. Mr. King has led the department during most of Trinity’s 212 SCAC Team Championships through the 2016-17 season.
Trinity teams have finished in the top-10 on five occasions in the prestigious Directors’ Cup Standings of some 450 NCAA institutions. The standings are based on NCAA postseason competition.
Academic excellence has been a long-standing tradition among Trinity’s student-athletes. Since the 1993 season, 34 Tigers have been elected to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Teams. Trinity moved into the top-10 rankings of NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, as 36 student-athletes have earned the distinction. Tiger student-athletes regularly qualify for Trinity’s Dean’s List and the SCAC Academic Honor Roll.
Trinity has been a busy place for NCAA postseason play with Mr. King at the reins. In addition to hosting SCAC Championships, Trinity has been the host institution for 81 NCAA Division III events in nine sports. Included on the list are the 2016 men’s and women’s soccer playoffs. The campus was the site of the 2001 NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships. Trinity co-hosted the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships with San Antonio Sports at Blossom Soccer Stadium and Toyota Field from 2009-2013.
One reason for the confidence in Trinity by the NCAA is the enhancement of outdoor facilities. In 2011, the soccer field was expanded and renamed the Paul McGinlay Soccer Field. The seating capacity was increased to 1,500 and a red-brick structure, the Isom Memorial, was built for game administration and team areas. The playing surface was replaced with new turf.
The Butch Newman Tennis Center and the Al G. Hill Jr. Tennis Stadium were dedicated in 2011. Mabry Pavilion, located in the tennis center, was dedicated in 2008, and serves as a tournament headquarters and press box. Electronic scoreboards are in operation at both facilities and lighting was enhanced the Newman Tennis Center. The seating can accommodate 1,000 spectators.
A new track & field facility was constructed in 2012 at the football stadium, which also underwent extensive renovations. A rubber track was installed and new high jump and pole vault pits were built.
Mr. King is currently working with committees and staff members on the development of new football and baseball facilities, which will be the pride of the University.
He initiated the Trinity Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), which serves as the voice of Tiger athletes in University matters. SAAC members also provide many hours of community service.
The Trinity University Athletic Hall of Fame was developed by Mr. King, who serves as chair of the selection committee. Nine classes of former student-athletes, coaches, and administrators have been inducted since the Hall of Fame’s inaugural year of 1999. The Class of 2017 will be inducted October 14.
Mr. King previously served on the NCAA Division III Championships Committee, and was chair of the SCAC Athletic Directors Council for two terms. He was a member of five local organizing committees for the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Final Fours, Division I Volleyball, and Division III Soccer. Mr. King was also on the board of directors of San Antonio Sports (Foundation).
Prior to joining the Trinity staff, Mr. King was Director of Athletics at his alma mater, Millsaps College, located in Jackson, Mississippi. During his four-year tenure, the Majors won seven SCAC Championships.
A native of Abingdon, Virginia, Mr. King went on to earn the Bachelor of Arts degree from Millsaps in 1977. As a student-athlete, Mr. King was a four-year letterwinner in baseball and football. He was the starting cornerback of the 1975 Millsaps football team, which advanced to the NCAA Division III semifinals. Mr. King, who broke the Majors interception record, with 17 to his credit, also posted a .320 baseball batting average.
His accomplishments were recognized as he was inducted into the Millsaps College Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.
Mr. King received a Master of Physical Education degree in athletic administration from Idaho State University, in 1983. He worked as an intern at the University of Virginia intercollegiate athletics department in 1984. Mr. King was awarded a postgraduate certificate in 1992 by The Sports Management Institute Executive Program. His academic work was completed at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and the University of Southern California.
He is married to a San Antonio physician, Susan Marenda King, and is the father of two adult daughters, Tennison and CC.