San Antonio - A group of trailblazing Trinity men's tennis players and friends recently celebrated with their annual reunion in Vail Valley, Colorado.
Miles Cortez, Bob Joyner, and Frank Froehling from the Class of 1964 joined Class of 1965 teammates Butch Newman and host Cliff Buchholz. Ken Smith is also a 1965 Trinity graduate, and was a longtime tennis enthusiast. An ordained minister, he previously conducted the marriage ceremony of Buchholz and his wife, Mary.
The former Tigers set a collegiate record of 60 consecutive victories from 1962-1964. Cortez, Froehling, Buchholz, and Newman are members of the Trinity University Athletic Hall of Fame. Joyner and Froehling were an undefeated doubles team, going 17-0 from 1961-1963.
Newman, Trinity's Director of Tennis and longtime men's and women's coach, said the group enjoyed reliving stories from their successful collegiate days. Included in the conversations was definitely the late Chuck McKinley, who won the Wimbledon singles title in 1963.
"We are doing our best to keep the greatest days of Division I Trinity tennis alive," said Newman of their annual get-together in the Rockies. "But, a new chapter was started in Division III in the early 1990s. We hit a high note in 2000 when both the men's and women's teams won the NCAA DIII Championships."
Newman served as the head coach of both of those Division III national championship squads. He guided the Tiger men from 1986-2009, and led the women's team from 1991-2008. Newman also coached the men's team in the Division I era, through the 1991 season. He has been Director of Tennis since 2009, and the Butch Newman Tennis Center is named in his honor.
In 1963, Newman and McKinley became Trinity's first tennis All-Americans. Newman recorded a career singles record of 53-2, still the best individual mark in the program. He attained his second All-America accolade in 1965.
Froehling was an All-American in 1964. He was also runner-up at the U.S. National Tennis Championships in 1963, and was a member of three Davis Cup Teams. Froehling, who owns a tennis courts construction company in Florida, was named the #6 player in the world in 1963.
Buchholz earned All-America honors in 1965, and was an NCAA doubles quarterfinalist with Newman the same year. A member of Trinity's Board of Trustees, Buchholz became a major force in the tennis industry, operating a number of tennis centers and national tournaments.
An attorney, Cortez is also a member of Trinity's Board of Trustees. He was a major contributor to Trinity's three undefeated seasons mark from 1962-1964, and was a doubles partner of the late Al G. Hill Jr., also a Trinity Athletic Hall of Fame inductee.
"The secret to perpetuating the traditions of the past and maintaining high standards is dependent on committed alumni leadership," Newman said. "That leadership comes from (men's coach) Russell McMindes '02 and (women's coach) Gretchen Rush '86. They strive to produce the best teams in the country."