San Antonio - Trinity University Director of Athletics Bob King announces the 11th Trinity University Athletic Hall of Fame Class and induction ceremony will be held Saturday, October 5, during the University’s Alumni Weekend.
The ceremony will be held at halftime of Trinity's Southern Athletic Association football game against Austin (TX) College on Saturday, October 5, during the University's Alumni Weekend. An open reception is slated for the lobby of the William H. Bell Athletic Center following the game.
This year’s Hall of Fame class consists of 12 inductees, representing baseball, women’s basketball, football, men’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track & field, volleyball, and the athletic administration.
The 2019 individual inductees are Amy Barrett Adams '97, volleyball; Tara Rohde Andersen '05, women’s basketball; Christyn Schumann Baer '06, women’s track & field; Josh Card '05, men’s soccer; Bo Edwards '00, '01, baseball and football; Becky Geyer, women’s basketball; Larry Gottfried '80, men’s tennis; James Hill '76, Athletics staff and public address announcer; Mary Hamm-Ridings '76, women’s tennis; Rod Susman '63, men’s tennis; and Jerheme Urban '03, football. The 2007 “Mississippi Miracle” play of the Trinity football team will also be honored, led by former Tiger Head Coach Steve Mohr.
Adams was a two-time All-American and the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 1995 and 1996 and was a four-time All-Region honoree from 1993-96. She led the Tiger volleyball team to four NCAA Division III Tournament appearances and three SCAC Championships. Adams is Trinity's record-holder in career service aces and still ranks fourth in career kills. She is one of just six players in Tiger volleyball history with 1,300 kills and 1,300 digs in a career.
Andersen received the prestigious 2005 Jostens Trophy as the Division III National Player of the Year and was a two-time All-American in 2004 and 2005. She was also an Academic All-American in 2004 and received the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Additionally, Andersen was a key member of Trinity's 2003 NCAA Division III National Championship team.
Baer was a four-time NCAA Division III National Champion in the high jump, with three straight Outdoor Championships from 2004-06 and an Indoor title in 2005. She was a five-time All-American in her signature event, who also received the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and was a finalist for the NCAA Woman of the year in 2006.
Card was a standout Tiger player and two-time All-American from 1999-02, who led the men's soccer team to three SCAC Championships, three NCAA Division III Playoff appearances, and the team's first-ever NCAA Semifinals appearance in 2002. He was a three-time First Team All-Region selection and a three-time All-SCAC honoree, including the 2002 SCAC Player of the Year award. Card is the only player in Trinity men's soccer history to score 20 or more goals in a single season twice in his career, and he still holds five school records that include the most career goals scored and most career points.
Edwards was a versatile two-sport standout who earned All-America honors in baseball in 1998 and 2000, as well as being elected the SCAC Player of the Year in 1998. He earned four All-SCAC and two All-Region selections during his baseball career, and broke a total of 15 records - five of which he still holds today. In football, he was a key player for the Tigers and helped the team to four SCAC Championships and three NCAA Playoff appearances. Edwards was also a part of Trinity's first NCAA Semifinalist teams in 1998 and 1999. He broke eight Tiger football records during his career and is still tied with fellow 2019 Hall of Fame inductee Jerheme Urban for the most career receiving touchdowns.
Geyer coached the Tigers from 1992-2005 and led Trinity to the NCAA Division III National Championship in 2003. She amassed a record of 229-107 (.682) in her 13-year career and is Trinity's winningest women's basketball coach in victories. Geyer's teams made four NCAA Playoff appearances and won three SCAC Championships. She was elected as the Molton/Women's DIII News National Coach of the Year in 1995 and 2003 and was selected as the 2003 San Antonio Express-News Sportswoman of the Year.
Gottfried was a three-time All-American from 1977-79 and played on the NCAA Division I Finalist teams in 1977 and 1979. He amassed a 91-19 record in singles during his career, which remains Trinity's all-time record for singles victories. Gottfried's most memorable victory was when he defeated John McEnroe of Stanford (CA) University in 1978 and handed the future legend his only collegiate loss. He also reached the NCAA Doubles Quarterfinals in 1977 and played on the Association of Tennis Professionals Tour.
Hill has been the "Voice of the Tigers" since 1994, serving as the Public Address Announcer for 25 years. Since 1999, he has worked full-time in the Athletic Department, including his most recent title as Assistant Sports Information Director. Hill has announced each of Trinity's 18 varsity sports at one time or another during his career and is famously known for his signature "Here Come the Tigers" line to bring the teams onto the field of play.
Hamm-Ridings was a standout member for three of Trinity's United States Tennis Association (USTA) Collegiation National Championship teams in 1973, 1975, and 1976 and earned All-America honors her senior year. She reached the Singles Final in 1974 and was a Semifinalist in 1975. Hamm-Ridings was also the national runner-up in Doubles in 1973. One of the first female scholarship athletes at Trinity, Hamm-Ridings chalked up a 26-1 singles record in her career with the Tigers. She was also the USTA Women's Clay Court Amateur Doubles Champion in 1975, as well as appearing in major and satellite professional circuits.
Susman was the first nationally-ranked player recruited by Trinity and ushered in his friend and future Wimbledon Champion Chuck McKinley and other world-class players. During his collegiate career, Susman earned All-American honors and posted a 14-5 doubles record with McKinley. He played on the World Tour from 1958-64 and was inducted into the St. Louis Tennis Hall of Fame in 1994. Susman played mixed doubles with, and later managed the pro career of, his wife Karen Hantze Susman, who captured the Wimbledon Singles title in 1962.
Urban was a 2002 All-American selection by both D3football.com and the Football Gazette, as well as a three-time All-SCAC honoree. He played a major role on the 2002 Trinity football team that advanced to the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, the NCAA Division III Football Championships. Urban continues to hold seven of the nine Trinity records he broke during his collegiate career, whichh includes total touchdowns scored and career receiving touchdowns (with fellow inductee Bo Edwards). He also captured 16 individual SCAC Championships in track & field and was the first player in SCAC history to win the SCAC Male Athlete of the Year award all four years. After graduation, Urban enjoyed a nine-year career in the National Football League, which includes an appearance in the 2008 Super Bowl as a member of the Arizona Cardinals.
The Mississippi Miracle occurred on October 27, 2007, in Jackson, Mississippi. Trailing 24-22 with just two seconds remaining, Trinity's football team executed a 15-lateral play that covered 61 yards and lasted more than a minute of real time. The play was named the Pontiac Game-Changing Performance of the Year, resulting in a $100,000 contribution to Trinity's general scholarship fund and an EPSY Award nomination from ESPN in the category of Best Play. The play was Time Magazine's #1 Top Sports Moment of 2007. The team was led by Head Coach Steve Mohr, who was inducted to the Trinity Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015 after a 24-year career that included 12 NCAA Playoff appearances.
A special plaque of each inductee will be mounted on the Athletic Hall of Fame Wall in the Bell Athletic Center, along with other classes. Nominations were received from throughout the nation and the selection committee chose the finalists. The Trinity University Athletic Hall of Fame inducted its first class in 1999 and a new class is announced and recognized every two years.