President Robert (Bob) Mong views the launching of the Trailblazers athletic program as yet another important building block in the ongoing maturation of the University of North Texas Dallas. “I’m excited that it adds to what we are building at UNTD, and pleased that by offering sports at this level we will afford a lot of talented young men and women the opportunity to continue participating in activities they enjoy.”
Mong is no stranger to the valuable environment of athletics. As a versatile schoolboy at Eaton (Ohio) High School, he earned letters in football (where he was coached by Jack Harbaugh, father of NFL coaches Jim and John), basketball, baseball, and track and field.
While attending Haverford College in Philadelphia, he was a two-way starter on the football team and, as an infielder on the baseball team, posted a .357 batting average which still ranks 10th on the school’s all-time list.
As he did in high school, Mong served as captain of the Haverford football and baseball teams.
His fondness for athletics continued into his professional life where, as managing editor of the Dallas Morning News, he oversaw an award-winning sports department which produced what was recognized as one of the nation’s premier sports sections.
Eric, son of Mong and wife Diane,was an outstanding amateur hockey player before turning his attention to a medical career. He’s currently now doing his residency as a neurosurgeon. Their daughter Elizabeth is a special education teacher in the Garland ISD.