William Madison Randall Library

Buildings & Landmarks: Trask Coliseum
Date Opened: 1977
Abbreviation: TR
Namesake:
Raiford Graham Trask (1916-1993)
Above, Trask Coliseum circa 1983. Below, Mr. Raiford Trask circa 1977.

Building History

Funding to construct a large sports venue on the University of North Carolina Wilmington campus began in 1974. Trask serves as the home for the Physical Education Department, natatorium, public performance arena, home court for Seahawk Sports as well as an intercollegiate venue. The building, dedicated in 1977, has been upgraded to include air conditioning, additional seating and handicap access over the past twenty-five years.


Namesake

Mr. Raiford Trask, a New Hanover County native, developer and supporter of University athletics was known for his "loyalty and generosity." Along with his friends Dan Cameron and Richard Wetherill, Mr. Trask developed the Figure Eight Island area. He was also the builder and owner of Duck Haven Golf Course. He served on the Wrightsville Beach Town Council for four years and was mayor there for two. From 1952-1956, Mr. Trask was a member of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. He was on the Wilmington College Board of Trustees (1959-1969) during the move to the new campus location. Mr. Trask sold the college approximately 173 acres of land that the university now sits upon. He also donated fertilizer for the lawn of the new campus in 1961. It was with his avid support of athletics that lead to an early establishment of the college athletic program. Mr. Trask was a driving force in the capital fund raising for this facility which is duly named in his honor.


George Diab Sports Medicine Center

The George Diab Sports Medicine Center opened in Trask Coliseum in 1993. It is named for Mr. George Diab and his wife, Kitty, who have made significant contributions to the sports medicine complex and supports Seahawks sports. Mr. Diab, a former semi-pro baseball player and affiliate of WWAY-TV station, was one of the five original members of the Seahawk Club. He helped organize their first fund raising activity. Mr. Diab has been a member of the Seahawk Board of Directors for the past thirty years and was president from 1987-1988.


Rountree - Jones Basketball Complex

Named for local attorney, George Rountree III and former Wilmington Mayor, David Jones, the Rountree-Jones Complex is the modern locker room for the men's varsity basketball team. Mr. Rountree, a Wilmington native, earned his law degree from the University of Arizona, where he a former basketball player. Mr. Jones, a local developer and businessman is a generous supporter of UNCW.