Each spring, the Trinity High School Alumni Association recognizes a brother alumnus as the year’s Honor Alumnus. The award is presented to a Trinity graduate who is committed to living his life based on Gospel values; is a recognized leader in his community and/or chosen career; and who values his Trinity education and remains loyal to his alma mater.
A member of the Trinity Class of 1973, Charles L. “Chuck” Servino has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Honor Alumnus Award.
To say that Chuck is considered by many to be a cornerstone of the Trinity Community is an understatement. Chuck has taught, coached, mentored, befriended and exemplified what a Trinity man of faith and man of character is all about.
Chuck came to Trinity from Ascension as a freshman in the fall of 1969, and spent four years actively involved as a member of Trinity’s football, track, baseball and intramural programs. His credentials in the classroom helped lead him to the University of Kentucky, where he earned a degree in Education in 1978 while playing football. Following his time at UK, Chuck began teaching at Oldham County High School and coached football alongside Coach Jim Kennedy H’93 for two years. In 1980, Chuck returned home to his alma mater. Then Principal Rev. Thomas Duerr H’92 hired Chuck to teach and to work with Coach Roger Gruineisen as part of the football staff.
Chuck remembers his first years of teaching in a special way. Since his degree was in History, Chuck was under the impression he was going to teach American Civics at Trinity. However, when he arrived, Fr. Duerr handed Chuck a math textbook. Chuck paused for a moment, and rather than raising questions, did what a Trinity man does. He did the job to the best of his ability. Chuck said, “I was expected to get the job done and that is what I did.”
While teaching a full schedule and coaching football, Chuck managed to further his education at the University of Louisville by completing his “Fifth-Year Certification.” Chuck chose this degree rather than the Master’s degree because, unlike the Master’s degree, Chuck’s Fifth-Year Certification allowed him to study a wide range of subject areas, which enabled him to reach more students academically rather than specializing in one area.
Chuck’s tenure at Trinity came to a close in 2013, when he retired after 33 years of teaching in multiple disciplines, coaching football for 20 years (four as head coach), and 31 years of coaching track and field (including stints as head coach). He is particularly well known for the profound positive effect he had on Trinity’s students in the Traditional Program.
Over his time at Trinity, Chuck was honored numerous times including: Kentucky Council for the Social Studies (KCSS) Outstanding Teacher (1993); Ashland Oil Individual Teacher Achievement Award Nominee (1998); Department of Elementary Schools National Catholic Educational Association Graduate (1998); Indiana University Southeast Exceptional Educator (1998); Walt Disney Teacher Award Nominee (2003); Jefferson County Class 4-A Coach of the Year in football (1996); Republic Bank & Trust Company – Voice-Tribune Coach of the Year in football (1996).
Chuck has spent retirement doing what he loves to do most – spending time with his family, fishing and training his retrievers. Chuck and his wife, Beverly, have two daughters, Kristina, who is married to Dan Schmitt from the Trinity Class of 1996, and Katherine. Chuck and his family enjoy spoiling their six grandchildren as often as possible.
Having Chuck Servino as a member of the Trinity Family has made our school community a better place. He is the epitome of what the Trinity Honor Alumnus Award represents.
Trinity President Dr. Rob Mullen ’77 and Trinity Alumni Association Chair Scott Scinta ’77 presented the Honor Alumnus Award to Charles L. Servino.