Bob King will enter his 24th year as Director of Athletics at Trinity University in the 2016-17 campaign.
King, who was appointed to the position in 1993, is responsible for the overall administration of intercollegiate athletics, intramurals, outdoor recreation, club sports, spirit groups, campus recreation, aquatics, and athletics and recreational facilities.
Respected by his peers, King has been honored three times as the Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. The NACDA organization bestowed the accolades on King in 2000, 2004, and 2015.
Trinity's athletics teams have soared to new heights under King's leadership. Since King became the Director of Athletics, Tiger teams have finished in the top-10 on five occasions in the prestigious Directors' Cup standings, of some 450 NCAA Division III instututions. Trinity has captured five NCAA national team championships during King's tenure, in men's and women's tennis, women's basketball, men's soccer, and baseball (in 2016).
Six student-athletes have won 10 individual NCAA titles: four women's high jump, three women's diving, two men's pentathlon, and one men's swimming. Beginning in the fall of 1993, a total of 227 Trinity student-athletes have earned All-America honors in 14 sports.
Eight teams have advanced to the NCAA finals with King at the helm: men's and women's tennis, volleyball, football, men's and women's soccer, women's basketball, and baseball.
Tiger teams have also brougt home the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Presidents' Trophy 16 times - including 2016 - as the best all-around program in the SCAC. King has led the department during most of Trinity's 201 SCAC Team Championships (through the 2015-16 season).
Academic excellence has long been a tradition of Trinity, and King's administration has enhanced that fact. Trinity moved into the top-10 rankings of the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships during King's tenure, as 36 Tigers have earned the distinction. Trinity's student-athletes are regularly elected to Academic All-America Teams, and qualify for the Trinity Dean's List, and SCAC Academic Honor Roll.
King has spearheaded the expansion and improvement of Trinity's athletics facilities. The newest project under way is the $14.2 million renovation of the William H. Bell Athletic Center. The most dramatic change will be the addition of a multi-level fitness center, weight training facility, and cardio-fitness area constructed near the current main entrance. Approximately 8,500 square feet will be added to the northeast corner of the Bell Center. Sams Gymnasium is also being updated, with new scoreboards, bleachers, offices, and playing surface.
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 tournamwnt headquarters and press box. Electronic scoreboards are used at both tennis facilities, and lighting was enhanced at the Butch Newman Tennis Center. The seating at the center can accomodate 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.
King is also working with architects, committees, and staff members on the development of new football and baseball facilities, which will be second to none in the NCAA Division III.
Trinity has been a busy place for postseason play during King's administration. In addition to hosting SCAC Championships, Trinity has been the host institution for 79 NCAA Division III events, in nine sports. 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 to 2013.
King initiated Trinity's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which serves as the voice of Tiger athletes in University matters. The SAAC is also extensively involved in the San Antonio community.
The Trinity University Athletic Hall of Fame was developed by 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.
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. King was also on the board of directors of the San Antonio Sports Foundation.
Prior to joining the Trinity staff, King was Director of Athletics at his alma mater, Millsaps College, located in Jackson, Mississippi. During his tenure as AD at Millsaps, the Majors won five SCAC Championships.
King earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Millsaps in 1977. As a student-athlete, King was a four-year letterwinner in baseball and football. He was the starting cornerback of the 1975 Majors football team, which advanced to the NCAA Division III semifinals. King, who broke the school's interceptions record, with 17 to his credit, also posted a .320 baseball batting average.
He was inducted into the Millsaps College Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.
King attended graduate school at Idaho State University, receiving a Master of Physical Education degree in athletic administration in 1983. As an intern in 1984, King worked in the intercollegiate athletics department of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. 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.
A native of Abingdon, Virgina, King is married to a San Antonio physician, Susan Marenda King. He is the father of two adult daughters, Tennison and CC.