Induction Year: 1995
Butch Newman was a 1965 Trinity University graduate, two-time All-American, and longtime men’s and women’s coach at Trinity. He was elected into the 2005 Trinity University Athletic Hall of Fame. He was the driving force in the renovations of Trinity’s main tennis facilities. The eight Delavan Tennis Courts were dedicated as the Butch Newman Tennis Center in October 2011.
Coach Newman guided the Tiger men from 1986-2009, and led Trinity’s women from 1991 to 2008. Trinity and tennis history was made in 2000, when the Tiger men and women captured the NCAA Division III Championships, minutes apart and in two different states. A total of 51 Tiger players, 27 men and 24 women, earned All-America accolades under Coach Newman’s tutelage from 1989-2009, in Divisions I and III.
As a Tiger player, Coach Newman became Trinity’s first tennis All-American in 1963, with Chuck McKinley (who won Wimbledon the same year). Coach Newman also received the honor in 1965. The “iron man” Coach Newman recorded a singles record of 53-2 from 1962-1965. Coach Newman was an NCAA quarterfinalist in singles (1963) and doubles (1965, with Cliff Buchholz). The duo amassed a doubles record of 24-3.
Coach Newman received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Trinity in 1965. The winner of 14 national singles and doubles titles, Coach Newman was a member of the U.S. Junior Davis Cup Team from 1961-1963, and was captain of the squad in 1965. He played many world-class tournaments, including Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
A native of San Antonio who attended Jefferson High School, Coach Newman served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and received the Navy Commendation Medal for combat action in Vietnam. He attained the rank of captain, and won the All-Marine, All-Navy, and All-Service singles tennis championships.