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Bill Trenbeath

Bill Trenbeath

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Bill Trenbeath (lives in Salem, Ore.) served at Willamette for 27 years as director of athletics (1988-2000), head baseball coach (1974-86), assistant football coach (1974-86) and assistant professor of physical education. In 13 seasons on the baseball diamond, he coached the Bearcats to three Northwest Conference crowns and five NAIA District II playoff appearances. IN his final campaign in 1986, he was named NAIA District II Coach of the Year after WU won its first-ever District title. However, Trenbeath will likely be best remembered for his tenure as director of athletics. In 11 years, he oversaw the construction of Roy S. "Spec" Keene Stadium for baseball (1988), the renovation of Charles E. McCulloch Stadium (1993) for football and track & field, the addition to the Lestle J. Sparks Center (1996), the building of a boathouse and dock for the rowing program (1998) and the construction of a new softball facility (1999). Of the many athletic highlights since 1988, the most prominent would have to be the 1993 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Championship won in Nampa, Idaho; the school's first national title in a varsity sport. The 1997 football team nearly won a national crown under head coach Dan Hawkins, who was hired by Trenbeath. That team won 13 straight games before losing in the NAIA national championship game to Findlay (Ohio), 14-7.
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