Gretchen Rush Steps Down as Trinity Tennis Coach
San Antonio – Tiger women’s tennis head coach Gretchen Rush has announced her resignation.
Rush directed the storied Trinity women’s tennis program for six seasons, leading the Tigers to five Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships and five appearances in the NCAA Playoffs. Trinity accrued 75 victories under her leadership, which includes a 6-5 record prior to the 2020 season being cut short by COVID-19.
“I would like to thank Trinity University for the opportunity to coach the women’s tennis team the past six years,” said Rush. “Thank you to my players and assistant coaches for this incredible journey. I will miss the alumni, the Trinity faculty and staff, and so many wonderful people that helped our teams along the way.”
A 1986 graduate of Trinity, Rush was a four-time All-American who won the 1983 NCAA Doubles Championship (with Louise Allen). Rush was also the national doubles runner-up in 1985 (with Lisa Sassano) and 1986 (with Ann Hulbert). She was the College Women’s Player of the Year in 1984 and 1985, as well as earning the 1985 Arthur Ashe Award for Sportsmanship. During her senior year in 1986, she was honored as the ITA Senior Women’s Player of the Year award, and she was the recipient of the Broderick Award as the top women’s collegiate player.
Coach Rush became a member of the Trinity University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001, and was inducted into the ITA Women’s Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame in November 2016.
Prior to coming to Trinity, Rush headed the women’s tennis program at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CA) College from 2012-14, winning two Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships and making back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Quarterfinals. She was also the head coach at San Diego City (CA) College from 2008-12.
Trinity University will conduct a search for the position immediately.