News Release


The Trinity Christian College Athletics Hall of Fame opened its doors for its inaugural class on February 3, when six individuals were inducted at a luncheon on campus. The six inductees’ involvement with Trinity athletics spanned nearly 30 years.

“This event turned out to be a great start for the Hall of Fame,” said Jeff Raymond, athletics director. “The inductees were involved in a variety of sports and boasted a long list of accomplishments. It was interesting to listen to their stories and encouraging hearing how Trinity and their participation in athletics played a part in shaping their lives.”

Former coaches Lois Hovinga Cole ’67 of Chicago, Illinois, and Dave Ribbens were among the inductees. Siblings Barb Schaaf ’87 and Bob Schaaf ’94 of Frankfort, Illinois, played two sports at Trinity and eventually returned to coach at the College. Rounding out the Hall of Fame class are Kim Pothoven Gritters ’94 of Pella, Iowa, a three-sport athlete, and George Huisman ’74 of Coconut Creek, Florida, the first basketball star for the Trolls.

Five of the six inductees were present at the luncheon and were able to speak about their experiences at Trinity. The group was also introduced to the Homecoming crowd at halftime of the men’s basketball game. Huisman, a high school coach in Florida, was unable to attend as his team was playing in its district championship game.

Each of the new Hall of Fame members was presented with an etched crystal vase to honor their accomplishments. In addition, a plaque commemorating each of the inductees will be placed in Mitchell Memorial Gymnasium.

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