UCSB Athletics Reacts to Passing of Longtime Donor and Friend, Renée Trenholm

UCSB Athletics Reacts to Passing of Longtime Donor and Friend, Renée Trenholm

Director of Athletics Mark Massari Statement on Passing of Donor and Friend Renée Trenholm

"On behalf of the department and my own family we are extremely saddened by the sudden passing of Renée. We have lost a friend, teammate and very special person who cared about the University, student-athletes across all our sports - especially women's basketball. Many daughters of Gaucho basketball who are now strong women in their careers and in their communities are fortunate to have had Renée in their lives. Along with Susan (Romero) she has been a rock for our wonderful program." -- Mark Massari

Trenholm, who passed away Tuesday in the Palm Springs area, retired in 2012 from UCSB after many years of service in the Davidson Library. She held the longtime position of president of the grassroots support group for UCSB Women's Basketball - the Fastbreakers. With Romero, Trenholm recently established the "Trenholm-Romero Legacy Fund for Women's Basketball" to support the Gauchos' program. For their gift, the women's basketball locker room renovated in 2012 bears their names. Both were Living Scholars through UCSB Athletics' annual giving arm the Gaucho Fund and were featured in Dare Magazine in 2012.


The family of Renee Trenholm requests that donations be given to support UCSB Women's Basketball in memory of Renee. A tax deductible contribution can be sent to: UCSB Athletics, ICA Building, Santa Barbara, CA 93016. Please make checks to "UC Regents" and note gift is "In memory of Renee Trenholm/UCSB WBB". You can easily give to Women's Basketball online as well (gifts given online will be verified by a UCSB Athletics staff member). For any questions please contact Andy Fee, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development & Principal Gifts to Athletics at andy.fee@athletics.ucsb.edu or 805-893-4960


Statement from current UCSB women's basketball coach Carlene Mitchell:

"Our UCSB women's basketball family is deeply saddened by the loss of our longtime friend and Gaucho athletics supporter Renée Trenholm. It's not very often that you come across someone who truly makes an impact on everyone's lives that they touch. Renée was that person. She was a second mom, a friend, a mentor, and our number one fan, who dedicated so much of her life to making sure our young women are successful. We are forever grateful for everything she has meant to our basketball family and program. She will always hold a special place in the hearts of past, present and future Gaucho women's basketball players. We owe Renée an immense amount of gratitude for her support and dedication to not only our program, but the entire University of California Santa Barbara. She will be forever missed, but her legacy lives on." -- Carlene Mitchell  

Statement from former UCSB women's basketball coach Mark French (1987-2008): 

"I am so saddened to hear of Renée's passing. She was a tremendous booster, and great friend for many in our UCSB women's basketball program. I know how much she meant to multiple generations of Gaucho players and coaches. She (along with Susan) were not only fixtures at almost all of our home games, but regularly showed up at road games all across the country. She had such passion for our women, and how collegiate basketball fit into their lives. She was so much more than just a great 'fan.' She was a leader in the Fastbreakers, and an inspiration to all who knew her! I want to express my heartfelt condolences to Susan, and all of Renée's family and friends. Our 'Gaucho Hearts' are broken over this sad news." -- Mark French

Statement from former UCSB women's basketball coach Lindsay Gottlieb (2008-11):

"My heart aches for Susan, Renée's family, and the entire Gaucho community. Renée was a caring and passionate person who constantly made life for those around her better. In sharing her time, generosity and smile, she made every Gaucho student-athlete and coach feel special. I was lucky to be her friend, and will treasure my wonderful memories of Renée." -- Lindsay Gottlieb

Statement from former UCSB women's basketball player Nicole Nesbit (2010-14):

"Renee was more than just a donor or a living scholar. She was more than just a fastbreaker and dedicated fan. She was a friend to some of us. She was family to others. She was someone I always looked forward to seeing after games, she kept things light, she made us smile, laugh and rejoice in this experience. On behalf of the womens basketball team I would like to say that Renee's generosity will never go unnoticed or unappreciated. Her presence will forever be felt by the past, present and future gauchos who have the chance to touch the floor." -- Nicole Nesbit

Information on memorial services will be announced when it becomes available.