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Tennis Season Recap
Rick McClure is in his 34th year with the Greyhounds' tennis programs, having coached the men for 33 seasons while mentoring the women for the past 24 years.
Last season, Coach McClure guided the women's team to a 16-8 record, its 27th straight winning season and 26th in a row with 10 or more wins, a span in which the team has a 349-103 record.
The Greyhounds finished third at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships after losing a heart-breaking 4-3 match to the eventual champion in the semifinals. Meanwhile, the men's team recorded its fourth-consecutive winning season with a 10-7 record, and they are now 294-293 overall.
Combined, the programs have won more than 640 matches under McClure's direction.
During McClure's run at Loyola, where he has coached the men since 1979 and the women since 1988, the women have compiled an impressive 340-103 (.768) record, at the same time capturing MAAC titles in 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002. On top of the eight championships and four NCAA Tournament bids, the Greyhounds have registered runner-up performances at the MAAC championships in 1992, 1995, 1996 and 1997, along with third-place finishes in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
McClure's coaching success; however, is by no means limited to the women's program. The New Jersey native has led his men's team to second-place finishes at the MAAC Championship tennis tournament in 1990 and 1991 and posted third-place showings at the 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2003, 2009, 2010 and 2011 conference championships. During the 2003 season, McClure reached 200 career victories with the men's tennis program. The men also won the ECAC Metro Conference Tournament in 1985 with Peter Griffiths winning the MVP award and Loyola's John R. Mohler Award as the athletic department's top senior scholar-athlete.
Several players have earned MAAC awards under McClure's guidance, includihg five women who won MAAC Most Valuable Player honors a combined six times: Mia Vendlinski (Fall 1991), Stephanie Potter (Fall 1996), Jennifer Steele (1999-2000), Nancy Turnblacer (2000-2001, 2001-2002) and Rachel Janasek (2009-2010). Janasek also won the MAAC Rookie of the Year Award in 2008-2009, and Joy Johnson received the same award in 2007-2008.
A 1976 graduate of the University of Maryland, Coach McClure played for the Terrapins' varsity program. His first two seasons of college eligibility; however, were spent at Mansfield State College in upstate Pennsylvania. He played both number one singles and doubles as a freshman and sophomore at Mansfield.
McClure also enjoyed a sparkling high school tennis career. In his four years at Phillipsburg (N.J.) High School, he compiled a record of 50-5 at No. 1 singles and an astounding No. 1 doubles record of 30-0 during his final three seasons. In 1972, he was one of the top eight high school tennis players in the state of New Jersey.
Before taking over as head coach at Loyola College, McClure coached the Northampton County Community College tennis team in Bethlehem, Pa. for one season (Spring 1977).
Away from his duties at Loyola, Coach McClure has worked at the Baltimore Country Club as the Assistant Tennis Professional. He also has been the pro at Hunt Valley Golf Club, Eagles Nest Country Club and the Harford County Tennis Barn and the Perring Raquet Club.
In November of 2003, McClure was inducted into the Loyola College Athletic Hall of Fame for his success as a coach and his service to the entire Evergreen Community. McClure joined Diane Geppi-Aikens, Anne McCloskey, Tom Murphy, Dr. Mike Ventura and the legendary Emil G. "Lefty" Reitz as the only coaches included in the school's Hall of Fame.