Carla Spenkoch is in her 22nd year as the head of the Trinity Tigers golf program.
Coach Spenkoch joined the staff in the fall of 1998. She coached the Tiger men and women’s teams for a number of years, before redirecting her efforts to the women’s squad in 2010.
She has led the Trinity women’s team to three Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Championships, in 2014, 2016, and 2017. Coach Spenkoch was elected SCAC Women’s Golf Coach of the Year following each of those seasons. Trinity fell just short of the title in 2018, following a spirited playoff with Southwestern (TX) University.
The Tigers also were conference runners-up in 2019. Raquel Hill placed fifth at the SCAC Championships and was tabbed as the SCAC Freshman of the Year, becoming the fourth Trinity golfer to achieve the accolade.
Coach Spenkoch has also sparked the Tigers to NCAA Division III national rankings.
Brigette Lee was elected the 2016 SCAC Woman of the Year. Lee won the 2013 SCAC Championship, and was named Women’s Golfer of the Year, and Newcomer of the Year. She became the second player in conference history to win both awards in the same season. Lee was also a two-time Academic All-American.
Eighteen women’s golfers have earned All-SCAC honors during Coach Spenkoch’s tenure. Taylor Moser was Trinity’s latest SCAC Women’s Golfer of the Year, an accolade she won in 2016. Thirteen women have qualified as All-American Scholars by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).
Coach Spenkoch guided the 2003 Tiger men’s team to the NCAA Division III Championships, marking Trinity’s first bid since 1975. Trinity finished in 18th place at the 2003 national event, and two Tigers earned All-America honors, Brian Sparks and Simon Thompson. Golf Digest, one of the most prestigious publications in the nation, recognized Trinity in the top-five nationally in the 2006 collegiate “academics first” rankings.
Trinity’s men also won the 2005 SCAC Championship under Coach Spenkoch’s leadership.
Coach Spenkoch, a member of the staff of The Quarry Golf Course in San Antonio, is a highly respected teacher of the game. Before joining The Quarry staff, Coach Spenkoch was employed in the same capacity by Precision Golf Center, also located in San Antonio. She has been tabbed as one of the Top Texas Women Instructors by Texas Golf for Women magazine, honoring the most qualified teachers in the state.
She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1977, earning a bachelor’s degree in physical education. She served as captain of the Lady Longhorn golf team during the 1975 and 1976 seasons, and was voted the squad’s most valuable athlete in 1976.
Coach Spenkoch is a Life Member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association Teaching and Club Division.