Trinity Teams and
|Hartford, Conn., May 1 - Trinity College alumnus and football great Charlie Sticka í56 (Wethersfield, Conn.), assistant track and field coach Irv Black (New Britain, Conn.), and the Bantam menís and womenís squash teams were each honored at the annual Connecticut Sports Writersí Alliance 61st annual Gold Key Dinner at the Aqua Turf Club on April 28.|
Sticka, arguably the best football player ever to wear the Trinity uniform, and Black, who coaches the Bantam men and women in the throwing events, both received the prestigious Gold Key Awards for their outstanding contributions to sport in Connecticut. Along with Sticka and Black, Bridgeport high school basketball star Walter Luckett, and University of Hartford All-American basketball player and current head womenís basketball coach Jen Rizzotti also received Gold Key Awards.
Sticka, who led Trinity to undefeated football seasons in 1954 and 1955, was an All-American running back in 1954 and 1955 and played in the East-West Shrine Game for senior college all-stars. Originally from Natick, Mass., Sticka was elected to the Connecticut Football Hall of Fame and recently became the first Trinity football player to have his number retired. He was drafted by the NFLís Los Angeles Rams, but suffered an injury during his senior baseball season at Trinity that denied him a pro career.
Black, although being honored for tremendous accomplishments as a world class competitor in the throwing events in track and field and as a football and track coach at New Britain High School, his contributions to the Trinity program can not be discounted. Blackís experience and expertise has been an invaluable asset to Trinity Head Track and Field Coach George Suitor and the to the Bantam throwers, many of whom have qualified for league, New England, and NCAA Division III National Championships throughout the years.
The Trinity menís and womenís squash teams received special recognition, along side the University of Connecticut womenís basketball squad, for bringing home national championship titles.
The men, coached by Paul Assaiante, posted their fourth consecutive undefeated season at 19-0 and a fourth straight National Intercollegiate Squash Racquets Association (NISRA) Team Championship (Potter Trophy) title. The Bantams have won 71 matches in a row dating back to the 1997-98 season. Trinity freshman Bernardo Samper (Bogota, Colombia) also won the NISRA individual championship this season.
The Bantam women, coached by Wendy Bartlett, posted a perfect 11-0 overall record and capturing their first Womenís Intercollegiate Squash Association (WISA) Team Championship (Howe Cup) title. Trinity sophomore Amina Helal (Manchester, England) won the WISA individual championship this season, defeating freshman teammate Lynn Leong (Kota Bharu, Malaysia) in the final match.