Jan. 6, 2012
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
After a three-year playing career for the LMU men's tennis team, and one year serving as a volunteer assistant for the women's tennis team, Ivan Lopez was named as a full-time assistant in the women's program at the start of this year.
For Lopez, the move allows him to continue to play a part in the sport that he loves. "Coaching has always been something that I've wanted to get involved with," Lopez said. "It is a way to stay in the game, and is the next step once a playing career is over. The chance to work with elite athletes allows me to maintain the excitement that I experienced while playing. In addition, LMU is such a great place, and I couldn't be happier to be around such great people in such a nice location."
Lopez posted an impressive collegiate career, amassing a 56-42 overall singles record. During his senior season, Lopez went 16-8 in both singles and doubles play with teammate Otto Sauer, including a 6-3 singles record in conference match ups, en route to first team All-Conference honors in both singles and doubles. Lopez played the number one singles position for the Lions most of his LMU career, posting impressive victories over some of the top players in the nation. Before transferring to LMU, Lopez played a year at Freed-Hardeman University in 2006-2007 where he was named NAIA All-American and All-Conference in singles and doubles. He was also ranked No. 5 in the nation in NAIA singles and No.17 in doubles.
After finishing his playing career, Lopez connected with long-time LMU women's tennis Coach Jamie Sanchez about serving as the women's volunteer coach. There, Lopez enjoyed working with the women's team, and decided to continue to pursue coaching on the women's side.
The LMU women's tennis team begins spring play on January 20 at the Long Beach State Invitational.
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