Trinity University Athletics have been synonymous with success
through the years. From success on the tennis court, including an
individual Wimbledon Champion and an NCAA Division I team
championship in 1972, to the recent years where Tiger teams and
individuals have won National Titles in Division III Athletics.
Trinity currently supports 18 athletic teams. We compete as a
member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) and
NCAA Division III.
Through the 50’s and 60’s, and even up to the 80’s, Trinity University athletes competed in NCAA Division I athletics. The Tennis and Skeet Teams experienced the most success winning championships at the top levels offered in each sport. When Tiger teams made the transition to NCAA Division III (DIII), the Tiger Tennis team continued to compete at the DI level. In 1985, the Tigers were ranked second in the country. In 1990-91, Trinity athletics underwent a makeover. The Tennis team made the switch to DIII and in 1991 Trinity joined the SCAC Conference. Teams were added, facilities were built, and by 1993 Trinity was at the top of the SCAC standings. That was the first year Trinity won the SCAC President’s Trophy, awarded each year to the University with the best all around program. The trophy would reside in San Antonio for 11 of the next 12 years.
Success on the conference level was not enough. The Tigers continued to move up the national ranking throughout the 90’s. In 1997, Trinity made its first appearance in the NACDA’s Director’s Cup Standings, the ranking of the best DIII athletics programs in the country, at 32nd. From 1998 to 2006, the Tigers ranked in the top 20 every year, and finished in the top 10 during five of those eight years.
In 2000, Sports Illustrated conducted a survey that ranked the top colleges for women’s athletics. Trinity ranked third in the study amongst DIII institutions as the best for women to be student-athletes. In 2003, The Wall Street Journal produced a series of articles on college athletics and listed Trinity as the way college sports should be. “Few of the 400+ DIII schools pull it off better then Trinity where learning and playing are in near perfect balance.”