Loring steps down after 44 years as women’s tennis coach


Head coach Lin Loring speaks with players Leslie Hureau and Shannon Murdy after losing their doubles match in 2012. Loring announced his retirement after 44 years of coaching Thursday.  Steph Langan Buy Photos

The winningest coach in women’s Division I tennis history announced his retirement Thursday.

After looking back on his historic career, Lin Loring decided it was the right move to step down as head coach of the IU women’s tennis team.

“Coaching has been a wonderful adventure spanning 44 years of my life,” Loring said in a press release from IU Athletics. “I have been very lucky and this is very hard, but after much thoughtful reflection, I’ve decided it is time to say goodbye.”

Loring was named National Coach of the Year twice and Big Ten Coach of the Year five times over the course of his career. He accumulated a total of 846 wins and along with those wins came 16 Big Ten championships and an overall winning percentage of 71.6 percent (846-336).

In 28 national tournament appearances, Loring captured one AIAW National Championship in 1982. In the 1991-92 season, he coached the singles players to a perfect record of 69-0 in the Big Ten, a dual match record of 54-0 and a 15-0 record in the Big Ten Championships, which lead to his being named Big Ten Coach of the Year and Midwest Coach of the Year.

Despite all the success Loring and all his players had on the court, school was never an issue. Through his 44 years, every single team he coached maintained a 100 percent graduation rate.

Assistant to Loring for 25 years, Ramiro Azuci, will take the place of Loring as head coach of the IU women’s tennis team.

Dylan Wallace

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