Tuesday, October 21, 2014

King of the Court 2014

Each year, within the first week of practice, Trinity Basketball also holds our annual King of the Court. This competition runs a series of tests (vertical, agility, sprint, bench, conditioning) and rewards the top performers, as well as those with the greatest improvements from prior years.

The 2014 King of the Court is junior guard Jimmy Clark. This is the first time in KOTC history we have had a multiple champion, as Jimmy won last year's KOTC as well. We are very proud of him, knowing the hard work he has put in to his off-season training to physically prepare himself for this season.

Congrats, Jimmy!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Senior Spotlight - Craig Saltarelli '15

Meet Trinity Basketball's senior guard Craig Saltarelli. Craig comes from Boulder, CO and has been a key role player in the Tigers' three SCAC championships in each of his years in the Maroon. Craig is an outstanding student, pursuing his degree in Business Accounting.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Senior Spotlight - William Young '15

Meet Trinity Basketball senior guard William Young. Will came to Trinity by way of transfer after redshirting his freshmen season at Arizona State University. He is originally from St. John's School in Houston, TX. Will currently holds the single season record for assists and is on pace to break the career assist record. He was an All-SCAC Honorable Mention selection last season, helping the Tigers win a third consecutive SCAC Championship.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Leadership Seminar

On Friday, Trinity Basketball's coaching staff had a special opportunity to connect with officers from the Army's 264th Medical Battalion during a Leadership Seminar held in the Bell Athletic Center. Both groups used the open-forum design to discuss various topics that both the military and collegiate athletics share with one another. It was an extremely positive experience with a great amount of brainstorming and information shared. Trinity University is blessed to be located in a city with such a strong military presence and to be able to learn from these heroes was a true privilege. We would like to thank all of those that participated.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Kitzinger Takes On Brazil

Coming off the excitement of the World Cup, Brazil opened its doors to host another United States team - this time in the great sport of basketball. On July 21-30, United States Tours & Events, coached by Bryan Martin, took a team consisting of talented NCAA Division III athletes across the Samba Nation. The group spent time in Sao Paulo, Santos, Jundiai, and Rio de Janerio, competing against four of Brazil's top Premiere League teams: Soracaba, Rio Soul, Piracicaba, and Santos.

Trinity Basketball's Robert Kitzinger '14 was one of the ten athletes invited to participate. When asked of the experience, Kitzinger described it as "a once in a lifetime experience that was extremely competitive." While the team finished the tour 1-3, the USA group competed well with no game above a ten point difference. Some teams even had former NCAA Division I All-Americans participating. Kitzinger described the Brazilian style of basketball as "very physical, with defenders being allowed to be much more aggressive on the ball than in the US."

The trip wasn't all about basketball, as the group also toured each city, experiencing the culture. Kitzinger particularly enjoyed mingling with the locals. Whether it was traveling to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain to enjoy the view, standing at the foot of the Christ The Redeemer statue, or just taking in Copacabana Beach, there was always something new each day.

This was a special way to end a spectacular career for Kitzinger, a four-time All-SCAC selection and three-time SCAC Champion, who now heads to the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. We will miss Kitz here in San Antonio, but are excited to see what lies ahead in his extraordinarily bright future.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Welcome Class of 2018

Trinity Basketball is excited to announce the incoming Class of 2018. An accomplished group of student-athletes on and off the basketball court, we are thrilled with the addition of these high character young men.

Matthew Bender - Dallas, TX - Jesuit Prep - 6'6 Forward
Brian Blum - Houston, TX - Memorial High School - 6'4 Guard
Matt Jones - Austin, TX - Austin High School - 5'10 Guard
Aaron Knopp - Sugar Land, TX - Austin High School - 6'7 Forward
Cal Miller - Lake Forest, IL - Lake Forest High School - 6'3 Guard
Nik Oakes - Humble, TX - Kingwood Park High School - 6'3 Guard

Please join us in welcoming these guys to Trinity Basketball!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Baltimore, MD Weekend Wrap-Up

The Trinity Tigers covered nearly the entire United States last week, returning from Tacoma, WA on Monday and then traveling to Baltimore, MD Thursday for the 2013 D3Hoopsville Classic hosted by Stevenson University. The Classic brought together ten of the top teams across the country - a holiday gift for the true DIII fan. The Tigers played two games - Keystone College on Friday and Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday.

Keystone came out early doing what they do well - making 3 pointers. Our guys showed tremendous poise not allowing those 3's to take us out of our gameplan. Instead, the Tigers dug in and turned up their defensive efforts, while also showing off their shooting ability in the second half. We pulled away towards the end of the game, winning 82-67, but it was a close match for the majority of the 40 minutes. With a 17 point outing, senior guard Robert Kitzinger became Trinity's 24th player in history to reach 1,000 career points. We are excited to see where he finishes up after a great senior year!

On Saturday, the Tigers took on a very good Ohio Wesleyan team that was upset the night before. The first half was a chess match, as no team could really get it going on the offensive end. Coming out of half time in a tie ball game, the Bishops of OWU started to make, what felt like, everything and came away with a 64-75 victory over our Tigers. For his outstanding performance over the weekend, offensively and defensively, senior forward Jonathan Wilt was named to the All-Classic Team.

It was a first class event, thanks to the efforts of the Stevenson University and D3Hoopsville staff. Our student-athletes enjoyed the experience of competing against NCAA Tournament-quality talent, as well as seeing some other great teams battle on the court. While flying out of (a very cold) Baltimore with a weekend split wasn't ideal, it was another opportunity for our group to realize what it takes to win at the highest level - consistent effort and focus.

The Tigers were able to make it down to the Inner Harbor for dinner Friday night and enjoy the sites of Baltimore.