Butch Newman enters his eighth year as Trinity’s Director of Tennis in the 2016-17 season.
Coach Newman, a 1965 Trinity graduate, two-time All-American, and longtime men’s and women’s coach, is a certified Tiger legend. He was elected into the 2005 Trinity University Athletic Hall of Fame. Coach Newman is also a member of the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame.
Coach Newman assumed his new role in July 2009, after a long and distinguished coaching career. His responsibilities include the development of on-campus tennis facilities, and recruiting academically qualified and athletically talented student-athletes. Coach Newman also continues a strong relationship with former tennis student-athletes from both the NCAA Division I and Division III eras.
He was the driving force in the renovations of Trinity’s main tennis facilities. The eight Delavan Tennis Courts were dedicated as the Butch Newman Tennis Center in October 2011. Accordingly, Varsity Courts became the Al G. Hill Jr. Tennis Stadium, named after the benefactor of the renovation project of both facilities, Al G. Hill Jr. ’67, a former teammate of Coach Newman’s.
Mabry Pavilion, designated to honor legendary men’s Coach Clarence Mabry - a mentor of Coach Newman’s - was dedicated in 2008. The two-story building serves as a match administration area.
Coach Newman guided the Tiger men from 1986-2009, and led Trinity’s women from 1991 to 2008. He also coached the Tiger men when Trinity competed in the NCAA Division I, through the 1991 season.
Trinity and tennis history was made in 2000, when the Tiger men and women captured the NCAA Division III Championships, minutes apart and in two different states. The two Tiger teams were inducted into the Trinity University Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2013.
Trinity’s women’s team was the NCAA Division III runner-up on two occasions under the leadership of Coach Newman, and advanced to the semifinals nine times. The Tigers qualified for the NCAA Playoffs on 15 occasions, and won 15 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships in a row.
The Tiger men made 16 trips to the DIII NCAAs, advanced to the semifinals twice, and won 14 SCAC Championships, including a run of 13 straight.
Highly respected by his peers, Coach Newman was elected the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Coach of the Year three times.
Coach Newman led nine players (five women, four men) to ITA National Championships. Eight Tigers, four men and four women, were NCAA Division III finalists in either singles or doubles.
A total of 51 Tiger players, 27 men and 24 women, earned All-America accolades under Coach Newman’s tutelage from 1989-2009, in Divisions I and III.
As a Tiger player, Coach Newman became Trinity’s first tennis All-American in 1963, with Chuck McKinley (who won Wimbledon the same year). Coach Newman also received the honor in 1965. The “iron man” Coach Newman recorded a singles record of 53-2 from 1962-1965, and is still the best individual mark at Trinity. Coach Newman was an NCAA quarterfinalist in singles (1963) and doubles (1965, with Cliff Buchholz). The duo amassed a doubles record of 24-3.
Coach Newman received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Trinity in 1965.
The winner of 14 national singles and doubles titles, Coach Newman was a member of the U.S. Junior Davis Cup Team from 1961-1963, and was captain of the squad in 1965. He played many world-class tournaments, including Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
A native of San Antonio who attended Jefferson High School, Coach Newman served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and received the Navy Commendation Medal for combat action in Vietnam. He attained the rank of captain, and won the All-Marine, All-Navy, and All-Service singles tennis championships.
Coach Newman and his wife, Linda, have been married for 50 years, and are the parents of three adult children, two daughters and one son. The Newmans also have eight grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.