LMU Tennis Center
The Loyola Marymount University Tennis Center has been home to Lion tennis for more than 30 years, and since undergoing reconstruction in 2003, the Tennis Center has become a great place to both watch and play tennis.
The long-awaited sixth tennis court, the critical tournament court for the Loyola Marymount University Tennis Center was finished in December of 2003. The final court gives LMU a full six court facility that is home to one of the top programs on the West Coast.
Construction of the sixth court was due to a $50,000 gift from A.G. [BusAdmin `72] and Kathleen Kading. The tournament court is named in honor of the Kading's fathers Morris A. Pivaroff and George P. Kading.
"The building of a sixth tennis court is another example of the commitment of the university and its supporters toward building a championship athletics program," said Athletics Director Bill Husak. "It is a visible example of our efforts to create quality facilities for our student-athletes to practice and compete in and for our fans to cheer them to victory."
Coaches Jamie Sanchez (women's tennis) and Brad Sceney (men's tennis) note the importance of this gift for their teams. "We have five courts, the addition of the tournament court is pragmatic because it allows us to have six singles matches competing simultaneously, which enables LMU to host matches and tournaments against top-ranked universities," said Sanchez.
"The Kading family believes that supporting athletics is important for the growth of the university and its long term value," said Kading. "Athletics will only bring the university prestige based on exposure. It will help with recruiting the most talented student-athletes, but we still have a long way to go."
Gifts given by Erik Doyle [BBA `84], a former men's tennis player, and the Ron Labetich family, parents of two tennis alumni, ensured naming rights to two of the remaining five courts. The final three courts were named late in 2006, with the Dempsey Family Court (court four), the Bodkin Family Court (court five), and the Jamie Sanchez Court (court six) all being unveiled.
Improvements are on-going to the facility, as a state-of-the-art scoreboard was installed in the fall of 2006. The board features individual court scoring controlled by seperate wireless remotes. The board also keeps track of the overall match score. It features 15-inch red LED displays that are easily seen from the end of the sixth court. The courts were resurfaced in December of 2006 after LMU hosted the NCAA Men's Water Polo Championships that year.