Newman Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Athletics Victor “Vic” Trilli was recognized as a distinguished alumnus at Midwestern State University (MSU) in Wichita Falls, Texas, during its Alumni Association’s Homecoming brunch Oct. 27.
According to a MSU press release, “Each year, the six colleges of Midwestern State University honor alumni who have made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments and careers have brought credit to the university. Honorees must be distinguished in their profession or life’s work. They must be a person of integrity and demonstrated ability who will inspire others by their recognition. They must reflect the importance of their education at MSU and show pride and a continuing interest in their alma mater.”
Leslee Ponder, who is a part of MSU alumni relations office, had this to say about the selection in general:
“From an alumni standpoint, the purpose of the College Awards is to honor MSU graduates and former students who have made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments and careers have brought credit to the university. In addition to honoring these individuals, the College Awards will spotlight the role of Midwestern State University in the lives of the recipients and thus, will present tangible evidence of the effectiveness of the university’s programs.”
Trilli is that tangible evidence. As a player on the MSU Texas basketball team, Trilli helped take the team to its first and only appearance in a national tournament final game. His first coaching position was as an assistant to MSU coach Gerald Stockton before taking on coaching positions at the University of Texas and the University of North Texas. He began his Newman career in the fall of 2008 as director of athletics and in 2015, added the role of vice president for student affairs.
Earlier this year, Trilli was named to the Wichita (Kansas) Sports Hall of Fame. He is also listed in the Sheridan College Hall of Fame and the Mid Mon Valley Pennsylvania All Sports Hall of Fame.
Trilli said, “I owe my professional career both in coaching and in education to Dr. Gerald Stockton at Midwestern University. He saw something in me and even wrote a special letter to my parents. He also had assistant coach Shubrooks encourage and eventually convince me to pursue a master’s degree and join the Midwestern coaching staff.
“Honestly, going back to school was not a part of my plan. I must admit that my wife, Kathy, teamed up with the coaches to push me toward my graduate studies. That decision began my professional career of which I have been extremely blessed.”