Brian Gottfried and Jo Anne Russell will be inducted into the Trinity University Athletic Hall of Fame this November.
Gottfried was an All-American in 1971 and 1972 and was the NCAA runner-up in singles (to teammate Dick Stockton) and doubles (with Paul Gerken) in 1972, the same year the Tigers won the national team title (great old si article). He reached a career high of #3 in the world in singles in 1977. He captured 25 singles and 54 doubles title in his career. He was a finalist at Roland Garros in 1977 as well, falling to Guillermo Vilas. He won three grand slam doubles title, including the 1975, 1977 Roland Garros titles and the 1976 title, each with his partner Raul Ramirez of Mexico.
Russell won an NCAA doubles title in 1975 with partner Donna Stockton. Trinity team won national championships in 1973 and 1975, as well as a second-place finish in 1974. Russell won the Wimbledon doubles championship title in 1977 with Helen Gourlay. Russell also held the world No. 1 doubles ranking in 1978 with Rosie Casals. In addition, she achieved a world singles ranking as high as No. 11 in 1977.
THE OFFICIAL RELEASE
Trinity University Director of Athletics Bob King announces the sixth Trinity University Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Saturday, Nov. 7, during the school’s Alumni Weekend.
The ceremony will be held at halftime of the Trinity Tigers’ Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference football game with the Centre College (Ky.) Colonels, which kicks off at 1:30 p.m. Central Time at E.M. Stevens Stadium. An open reception will be held in the lobby of the William H. Bell Athletic Center following the game.
The Class of 2009 inductees are: Clyde Glosson, men’s track and field (1966-1968); Brian Gottfried, men’s tennis (1971-1972); Mickey Mahler, baseball (1972-1974); the late Ricky Mahler, baseball (1972-1973); the late Pete Murphy, men’s basketball player (1948-1950) and coach (1972-1986); Jo Anne Russell, women’s tennis (1973-1975); and Mike Scott, football (1970-1973).
Mr. King, the chair of the Hall of Fame selection committee, and University President Dr. John R. Brazil will introduce the inductees during the ceremony.
A special plaque of each 2009 honoree 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 competition days, are included on the plaques, as well as athletic accomplishments.
Nominations were received from throughout the nation. Criteria for induction included demonstrated excellence in athletic skill and accomplishments at Trinity. Former administrators and coaches of Trinity were also eligible for induction.
A selection committee chose the finalists.