|Title:||Director of Athletics|
Bob King is in his 27th year as Director of Athletics at Trinity University. King, who was appointed to the position in 1993, is the administrator of Trinity’s intercollegiate athletics program, intramurals, outdoor recreation, club sports, spirit groups, aquatics, and athletics and recreational facilities.
King is highly respected by his peers and has been elected Athletic Director of the Year three times (2000, 2004, and 2015) by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
Since taking the helm, Tigers teams have captured five NCAA Division III Championships: men’s and women’s tennis (2000), women’s basketball (2003), men’s soccer (2003), and baseball (2016). Eight teams have advanced to the NCAA finals during his tenure: men’s and women’s tennis, volleyball, football, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s basketball, and baseball.
Six Trinity student-athletes have won 10 NCAA individual titles: four women’s high jump, three women’s diving, two men’s pentathlon (indoor track & field), and one men’s swimming championship. A total of 274 student-athletes have earned All-America accolades in 15 sports since the 1993-94 season.
Tiger student-athletes also excel in the classroom, and during his administration, 36 Trinity student-athletes have been elected to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Teams. Thirty-two student-athletes have been awarded the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship since 1995.
Trinity’s teams have finished in the top-10 out of 450 NCAA Division III institutions on five occasions in the prestigious NACDA Directors’ Cup standings, which are based on program's NCAA postseason competition.
Tiger squads have won the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Presidents’ Trophy for eight years in a row, including the 2018-19 season. Under King’s leadership, Trinity has won the Presidents’ Trophy 19 times and is the most by any one institution in the 57-year history of the award. The Presidents’ Trophy is a 300-pound railroad bell - on display in the Bell Athletic Center lobby - awarded each year to the best overall program in the conference. Prior to the 2019-20 season, Trinity teams have captured 230 SCAC Championships, most of which occurred during King's tenure.
King initiated the Trinity Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), which serves as the voice of Tiger athletes in University matters and provide many hours of community service.
The Trinity University Athletic Hall of Fame was also developed by King, who serves as chair of the selection committee. Ten classes of former student-athletes, coaches, and administrators have been inducted since the Hall of Fame’s inaugural year in 1999, and the 11th Hall of Fame Class will be inducted on October 5, 2019.
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 a board member of San Antonio Sports.
Trinity’s sports and recreation facilities have improved astronomically during King's tenure. He spearheaded the renovation and transformation of the William H. Bell Athletic Center. The $15 million-plus project has included the addition of an 8,000 square-foot multi-level, glass-enclosed fitness center, for use by Trinity students, faculty, and staff. Tiger student-athletes benefit from the Patrick Stumberg Sports Performance Center, enlarged sports medicine area, and enhanced locker rooms.
Sams Gymnasium was renamed the Ron and Genie Calgaard Gymnasium in September 2017, in honor of Trinity’s 16th president and former first lady. A total of 1,100 spectators cheer on the Tigers in “Trinity maroon” seating areas. The Daktronics videoboards/scoreboards add to the excitement of athletics events.
The Trinity University Football/Track & Field Stadium seats 3,700 fans. A striking 48-foot-by-50-foot Daktronics videoboard/scoreboard was constructed in the south endzone in 2018. FieldTurf was installed in the summer of 2019 on the playing surface. An eight-lane polyurethane track was added in 2012.
The Paul McGinlay Soccer Field, named for Trinity’s men’s soccer head coach, was expanded in 2011. 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 Butch Newman Tennis Center and Al G. Hill Junior Tennis Stadium were dedicated in 2011. Mabry Pavilion, dedicated in 2008, serves as tournament headquarters and a press box for tennis matches and softball games.
King is currently working with committees and University staff members on the Lower Campus Athletics Master Plan. Included in the plans are the development of new football and baseball facilities.
Prior to joining the Trinity staff, King was Director of Athletics at his alma mater, Millsaps College, located in Jackson, Mississippi. During his four years, the Majors won seven SCAC Championships.
A native of Abingdon, Virginia, King earned a 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 Millsaps football team which advanced to the NCAA Division III semifinals. During his time as a student-athlete, he not ony broke the Majors interception record with 17 pick-offs, but he also posted a .320 baseball batting average. He was rewarded for his accomplishments with an induction into the Millsaps College Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.
King received a Master of Physical Education degree in athletic administration from Idaho State University in 1983. He worked as an intern at the University of Virginia Intercollegiate Athletics Department in 1984. 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.
He is married to a San Antonio physician, Dr. Susan Marenda King, and is the father of two adult daughters, Tenni and C.C.