Having spent his first nine years as a coach here at Trinity, Leslie Frazier–the new head coach for the Minnesota Vikings–has had a profound impact on the school. A successful football program and a field named after him are just two examples. He did more than coach players. Frazier formed students who were good athletes, who grew into a deeper love for God, and who studied hard. Frazier’s impact on campus and in the lives of his players is evidence of the tremendous ability he possesses. But when he arrived on campus as a 27-year-old, without any experience or even a football team, his leadership was yet to be seen.
In this radio interview, Dr. William Washington, Trinity’s Senior Vice President for Student Affairs, talks about developing a football program with Leslie Frazier and the tremendous ability he showed in his first ever coaching job.
Courtesy of 720 WGN, Jan. 21, 2011
Dr. Washington Interviewed on WGN (Duration: 2:04)
After four seasons at Trinity International University, Trojan Head Baseball Coach Tom Raven has announced his resignation. Raven is returning to pastoral ministry, having accepted a call to serve as the senior pastor of Wendover Hills Wesleyan Church in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Raven led the Trojans to a 66-73 record during his time as head coach, including a strong 30-23 season in 2010. Before coming to Trinity, Raven held several coaching positions and pastoral roles, where he served congregations in Arizona and Kentucky.
Raven coached some of Trinity’s most successful baseball players during his tenure, placing six players on all-conference teams and 18 on all-academic teams. In addition, Kevin Tenney was named NAIA National Player of the Week in April 2010 and Peter Miller became first Trojan player drafted into the major leagues when he went to the Detroit Tigers in the 2010 draft.
“I appreciate the four years that Coach Tom Raven has directed towards our baseball program,” says Dr. William Washington, Trinity’s athletic director and senior vice president for Student Affairs. “Under his effective leadership he created a renewed sense of competition, academic preparation, but most importantly a spiritual maturity that has been infectious with his players. Coach Raven approached the baseball program as a ministry as well as a sport, in so doing, he used it to successfully transform lives for Christ. He will be missed, and we wish him our very best in his future endeavors.”
Coach Raven and his family will be moving to North Carolina in January 2011.