McMindes interim coach for Trinity
Named SCAC Coach of the Year two consecutive seasons
SAN ANTONIO – It looks like Russell McMindes will be doing double duty.
McMindes, already the head coach of the Trinity University men's team will assume additional duties as interim head coach of the women’s team.
Coach McMindes takes over the helm of the women’s team from Ryan Takao, who resigned after three seasons as head coach. Jacob McMindes, who has been a part-time men’s assistant coach, will also serve as the full-time assistant for the women’s squad.
The appointments were the recommendations of Trinity’s Director of Tennis Butch Newman.
“I am extremely excited about Russell providing the same leadership and success he has had going for the men’s team, and transitioning it to the women’s team,” said Newman, a longtime Trinity coach who led both Tiger teams to the NCAA Division III Championships in 2000. “At the same time, it keeps the McMindes brothers tandem intact. Their leadership, high-minded values, enthusiasm and energy will be a huge plus for the women’s team.”
Coach McMindes has been the men’s coach for two seasons, leading the Tigers to the NCAA Division III Tournament both years. Trinity advanced to the national quarterfinals after capturing the regional tournaments. The Tigers have also won two consecutive Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championships.
“We will translate a lot of what we provide the men in structure, workouts, and energy to the women’s team,” said McMindes, who was elected SCAC Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year for the second year in a row. "We have a young group of players we are excited about. If you are organized and have a plan, you can instill something which can be done in a successful manner.”
Coach McMindes also coached recent graduates Cory Kowal and Bobby Cocanougher to the 2010 NCAA Doubles Championship match. The Tiger duo won the National Small College Championships Division III Doubles title in October. Last May, Max Frey advanced to the NCAA Singles semifinals, becoming the first Tiger player to achieve that feat since 2006.
Prior to taking the reigns of the men's team in the fall of 2009, McMindes spent seven seasons as the Tiger men's assistant coach. He was named the 2009 Intercollegiate Tennis Association West Region Men's Tennis Assistant of the Year.
As a player, McMindes was a three-year letter winner for the Tigers and was a member of Trinity's 2000 NCAA Division III national championship team. He earned All-SCAC honors for three years. Before joining the Trinity program, McMindes played one season at Oklahoma Christian University.
Jacob McMindes was named the 2011 ITA Division III West Region Men's Assistant Coach of the Year, the same honor his brother received. He played four years for Incarnate Word, which competes in Division II. Jacob was named to the Heartland Conference First Team and was second-team all-region in doubles.
Trinity’s women’s team has captured third place the last two years at the SCAC Championships and reached the team final in 2009. The Tiger women have also been represented at the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships.