San Antonio - Trinity University Director of Athletics Bob King announces the 10th Trinity University Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Saturday, October 14, during the University’s Alumni Weekend.
The ceremony will be held at halftime of the Trinity Tigers Southern Athletic Association (SAA) football game with Centre (KY) College. Kickoff is slated for 1:00 p.m. Central Time at the Trinity University Football Stadium. An open reception will be held in the lobby of the William H. Bell Athletic Center following the game.
This year’s Hall of Fame class consists of eight persons, representing the sports of baseball, women’s basketball, football, men’s soccer, and men’s and women’s tennis. King, the chair of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee, will present framed certificates to the honorees during the induction ceremony, along with University President Danny J. Anderson.
The 2017 inductees, all former Trinity student-athletes are: Lizzie (Yasser) Barnett, women’s tennis; Michael Burton, football; Paul Gerken, men’s tennis; Megan (Selmon) Kelly, women’s basketball; Donna Stockton Roup, women’s tennis; Jack Shull, baseball; Josh Smith, men’s soccer; and John Tobola, football.
Lizzie (Yasser) Barnett ‘02, Women’s Tennis
Barnett was a four-time All-American from 1999-2002. She also earned Academic All-America honors, and received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in 2002. A member of Trinity’s 2000 NCAA Division III National Championship team, Barnett was an NCAA Singles Runner-up (2002), and Doubles Runner-up (1999). She also was a two-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Doubles Champion (1998 and 1999), while winning the Singles title in 1999. Barnett was named the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Player of the Year three times, from 2000-2002.
Michael Burton ‘01, Football
Burton received the Melberger Award, as the NCAA Division III Player of the Year, in 1998. He was elected to five All-America Teams in 1998 and 1999, and guided the Tigers to the NCAA Semifinals in 1998 and 1999. Burton leads the Trinity record books in a number of categories, including: career passing yards (11,816, 1996-1999), pass completions (831), passing touchdowns (111), and career total offense (11,576). He is also first in touchdowns responsible for (126). Burton was chosen as the SCAC Offensive Player of the Year in 1998 and 1999. He was named to the SCAC 15th Anniversary Football Team during the 2005-06 academic year.
Paul Gerken ‘72, Men’s Tennis
Gerken was a two-time All-American in 1971 and 1972, transferring from Stanford University. He was a key member of Trinity’s men’s 1972 NCAA Division I Championship team, and also was Doubles runner-up and Singles quarterfinalist the same year. While at Trinity, Gerken posted a singles record of 57-4 (.943), and a doubles mark of 27-2 (.931). Gerken turned pro in 1972, and was ranked as high as #35 in the world.
Megan (Selmon) Kelly ‘03, Women’s Basketball
Kelly was a two-time All-American, elected in 2002 and 2003. She was a key member of Trinity’s 2003 NCAA Division III National Championship team, and was named to the All-Tournament Team. Kelly was elected the SCAC Player of the Year in 2002. She has Trinity’s highest field goal percentage (58.3%, 1999-2003), and is fifth in field goals made (537). Kelly is tied for fifth place in points per game (13.2 point/game).
Donna Stockton Roup ‘76, Women’s Tennis
Stockton Roup won the United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Collegiate Doubles Championship in 1975 (with Jo Anne Russell), and was runner-up in 1973. She was a key member of Trinity’s 1973, 1975, and 1976 USTA National Collegiate Championship teams. Stockton Roup posted a collegiate singles record of 24-1 from 1973-1976. She earned All-America honors in 1975. As a pro, Stockton Roup advanced to the U.S. Open Mixed Doubles Quarterfinals (with her brother, Dick Stockton ‘72), in 1974.
Jack Shull ‘82, Baseball
Shull was elected to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-America Team in 1981, and was an Honorable Mention All-American in 1980. In 1981, Shull led the Tigers in batting average (.398), home runs (seven), RBI (30), runs (31), doubles (eight), hits (45), and stolen bases (six). He was one of only three players to lead the team in the seven categories during the same season. Shull had transferred from San Antonio College his junior year. He played in a Division III All-Star Game for Districts 6-7-8. A number of Major League teams showed interest in drafting him.
Josh Smith ‘04, Men’s Soccer
Smith was elected the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III Player of the Year in 2003. He was a key member of Trinity’s 2003 NCAA Championship team, and the 2002 Final Four squad. Smith was a three-time All-American from 2001-2003, and was named the SCAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2003. He played in 85 games for the Tigers, and scored 27 goals, and dished out 23 assists. As a pro player, Smith was a member of the United Soccer League’s First Division Charleston Battery and Atlanta Silverbacks, and the Second Division Wilmington Hammerheads.
John Tobola ‘94, Football
Tobola was elected to the All-America Team in 1993, and was named the SCAC Defensive Player of the Year. He was named to the SCAC 15th Anniversary Football Team during the 2005-06 academic year. Tobola is considered as one of Trinity’s greatest “turn-around players,” as the Tigers won their first SCAC Football Championship in 1993. Tobola registered 12.5 quarterback sacks in 1993, and is ranked second in Trinity’s single-season record book. He posted 17.5 quarterback sacks from 1990-1993, and is tied for sixth place in the career column.
A special plaque of each 2017 inductee will be mounted on the Athletic Hall of Fame Wall in the Bell Center, along with the other classes. Recent photos, along with photos of the honorees during their collegiate days of competition, are included on the plaques, as well as athletics accomplishments.
Nominations were received from throughout the nation, and a selection committee chose the finalists. The Trinity University Athletic Hall of Fame inducted its first class in 1999, and the ceremony is held every two years.