San Antonio - Gene Norris, a longtime Trinity University football coach and administrator who was inducted into the Trinity Athletics Hall of Fame, died at the age of 78 on Wednesday, June 12.
Norris devoted 40 years of service to the Trinity athletics, and was an assistant professor in the department of physical education. He joined the staff in 1961 and retired in 2001.
He served as an assistant football coach, and was the Tigers head coach from 1974 to 1989. Norris led Trinity to a 9-2 record in 1977. That mark tied a school standard for wins in a season, which held until 1994. He also guided the Tigers to the Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title in 1976.
Norris became the Tigers head golf coach in 1964, and guided Trinity from a last-place finish in the Southland Conference to runner-up spots in 1968, 1969 and 1971. The Tigers finished third in the 1975 NCAA Division III Championships.
He was appointed director of athletics in 1985, and continued in the position until 1993. Among many accomplishments, Norris oversaw the expansion of the William H. Bell Athletic Center.
Norris was honored for his service to Trinity by an induction into the Trinity University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.
A native of Chicago, Norris went on to play quarterback at the University of Illinois. He graduated in 1957, and earned a master's a year later.
Norris is survived by his wife Jan, three siblings, six children, 10 grandchildren, and many friends.
There will be no service, made at the request of Norris. Memorial contributions in Norris' name may be made to Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA) at casa-satx.org/donate.