SCAC Champions: 18 Conference Championships! 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2012, 2013, 2014
Post Season Highlights
Trinity holds a storied place in collegiate women's tennis history. The Tigers won 5 National Championships in the 60's and 70's. . They were top 10 in the nation during the 80s and 90's and were D1 finalists in 1981 and 1983. In 2000, the Tigers were again champions at the NCAA Division III level. Some more highlights include:
NCAA Finalists: 1997, 2001
NCAA Semifinalists: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2006
NCAA Playoffs: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012
Individual National Champions: 20 men's and women's; USTA 6; NCAA DI: 4; ITA (DIII): 10
1968 USTA National Women's Singles Championship (Emilie Burrer)
1968 USTA National Women's Doubles Championship (Emilie Burrer & Becky Vest)
1969 USTA National Women"s
Singles Championship (Emilie Burrer)
1969 USTA National Women's Doubles Championship (Emilie Burrer & Becky Vest)
1972 NCAA Division I Men"s Singles Championship (Dick Stockton)
1975 USTA National Women's Singles Championship (Stephanie Tolleson)
1975 USTA National Women's Doubles Championship (JoAnne Russell & Donna Stockton)
1976 NCAA Division I Mens Singles Championship (Bill Scanlon)
1979 NCAA Division I Men's Doubles Championship (Erick Iskersky & Ben McKown)
1983 NCAA Division I Women's Doubles Championship (Louise Allen & Gretchen Rush)
1998 ITA Women's National Singles Championship (Lola Taylor)
1998 ITA Women"s National Doubles Championship (Lola Taylor& Lizzie Yasser)
1999 ITA Women"s National Singles Championship (Lizzie Yasser)
1999 ITA Women National Doubles Championship (Lizzie Yasser & Amanda Browne)
2003 ITA Women National Doubles Championship (Heather McGowan & Hayley Dittus)
ITA (DIII): 5
TEAM (Men and Women) 8 total - 5 USTA Women, 1 NCAA DI Men, 2 NCAA DIII Men and Women
WOMEN - 6 total - 5 USTA, 1 NCAA DIII
1968 USTA Women
1969 USTA Women
1973 USTA Women
1975 USTA Women
1976 USTA Women
2000 NCAA DIII Women
Trinity has won 12 national collegiate titles in singles and doubles.
Two former TU players, Emilie Foster and JoAnne Russell, have been inducted into the ITA Collegiate Hall of Fame Four former Tiger women are in the Trinity Athlethic Hall of Fame. Foster, Russell, Louise Allen and current Head Coach Gretchen Rush. There are 42 Trinity Tiger All-Americans.
While at Trinity, Rush was a four-time All-American from 1983-86, and held a singles record of 117-12. Along with doubles partner Louise Allen, Rush won the NCAA Division I Doubles Championship in 1983, and was the runner-up in both 1985 (with Lisa Sassano) and 1986 (with Ann Hulbert). In singles, Rush was the NCAA Division I runner-up in both 1985 and 1986. She was the College Women's Player of the Year in 1984 and 1985, the Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Association Senior Women's Player of the Year in 1986, and won the Broderick Award as the best college women's player in 1986. Rush received the Arthur Ashe Award for Sportsmanship in 1985. In 2001, Rush was inducted into the Trinity Athletics Hall of Fame. As a junior, Rush was the top-ranked player in the world in 1982.
"I am excited to have the chance to coach the Trinity women," said Rush. It's truly the opportunity of a lifetime for me, and I cannot wait to get started."
After graduating from Trinity, Rush enjoyed a successful professional career as well. She was a top 20 singles and doubles player during her 10 years on the WTA tour, and was a Quarterfinalist at Wimbledon, the French Open, and the United States Open. Rush won four singles and four doubles championships as a pro player. Additionally, Rush represented the U.S. in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, the World University Games, the Pan American Games, and the Senior ITF World Championships.
Trinity Director of Tennis and fellow Hall of Fame member, Butch Newman, is thrilled to have Rush come back to coach the Tigers. Gretchen embodies ALL that Trinity tennis has ever dreamed of being. Her return as the head women coach links our rich past with the present, and ensures that Trinity tennis will continue to have an exciting future.
Rush returns to Trinity after having served as the head coach at Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps Colleges over the past two years. She has also coached at San Diego City College for four seasons before taking over at Claremont, and was also the head coach at Our Lady of Peace High School and an assistant coach at San Diego State University.
At CMS, Rush led the Athenas to a fourth-place finish in her first season with the team following a 30-0 record during the regular season. CMS finished 2014 ranked fifth nationally had 2 All Americans and a team reach the doubles finals.
Rush holds a Bachelor's in Physical Education and a minor in Biology from Trinity (1986), as well as a Master's in Sports Administration from California University of Pennsylvania (2011).