BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland has received a $3.2 million anonymous gift to fund a new tennis facility at the Ridley Athletic Complex.
The private support covers the cost of eight courts with lights, a locker room facility, spectator seating, and a parking lot. The tennis complex will be named in honor of men's and women's Head Coach Rick McClure, who has coached tennis at Loyola since 1979 and is a member of the Loyola Hall of Fame.
"This generous, private support affords us the opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to Loyola's student athletes and celebrate the outstanding career of Coach McClure," said Jim Paquette, assistant vice president and director of athletics at Loyola. "The quality and caliber of Patriot League tennis are exceptional, and our new facility will ensure Loyola remains competitive by providing a first-class experience for Greyhounds tennis teams and fans."
Matches are currently held on the four Butler Courts and four courts on the neighboring campus of Notre Dame of Maryland University. All matches will be held at the tennis complex once it opens, and practice times will no longer need to be staggered due to space constraints. The new, lighted complex will expand the options for scheduling matches, reducing missed classes for student athletes. The tennis complex also gives Loyola the ability to host Patriot League championships and other tournaments.
Loyola broke ground on the facility in July 2014. The project will be completed by spring 2015.
McClure has coached more than 1,100 matches in his 35 seasons at Loyola, notching nearly 700 wins. He was inducted into the Loyola Hall of Fame in November 2003. More information about McClure is available at loyolagreyhounds.com and in Loyola magazine .
The $3.2 million gift will be included in Loyola's ongoing Bright Minds, Bold Hearts comprehensive campaign to raise $100 million for various academic, athletics, and service initiatives.