Loyola University Maryland men's and women's tennis hosted Morgan State on Wednesday, March 16, at the McClure Tennis Center.
Rick McClure is in his 36thyear with the Greyhounds' tennis program, having coached the men for 35 seasons while mentoring the women's team for the past 26 years. McClure has coached in 1,118 matches during his career at Loyola, which includes 377 wins with the women and 317 victories for the men with a total of 694.
Last season, Coach McClure's women's team competed in five weekend tournaments during the fall season - Bucknell, Mount St. Mary's, the United States Naval Academy, Saint Joseph's and Lehigh - before completing a 10-7 spring record. The 2013-14 season was the 30th straight-winning year for the women with double-figure victories in the last 26 campaigns. Meanwhile, the men completed the sixth-consecutive winning season with double-figure victories, recording a 10-7 mark. Each team's season ended in the quarterfinals at the Patriot League Championships.
During McClure's run at Loyola, where he coached the men since 1979 and the women since 1988, the women have compiled an impressive 337-117 record, while capturing Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships in 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002. The last four MAAC titles earned the Greyhounds a bid to the NCAA Tournament where they competed against 14th ranked Vanderbilt in 1991, 13th ranked William and Mary in 2000, 7th ranked Cal in 2001 and 6th ranked Charlotte in 2002. The Greyhounds also registered runner-up performances at the MAAC Championships in 1992, 1995, 1996, and 1997.
McClure's coaching success, however, is not limited to the women's program. The New Jersey native has led the Greyhounds' men's team to the ECAC Metro Championships in 1985, along with third-place finishes in the 1986, 1987, and 1988 seasons. Loyola had runner-up performances at the MAAC Championships in 1990 and 1991, and posted third-places finishes in 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 2003.
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 competed at both number one singles and doubles as a freshman and sophomore for the Mountaineers.
McClure also enjoyed a sparkling high school career. In his four years at Phillipsburg High School, he compiled a record of 50-5 at number one singles and 30-0 at number one doubles. In 1972 he was selected as one of the top eight high school players in the state of New Jersey.
Before taking over as head coach at Loyola, McClure led the Northampton County Community College men's tennis team in Bethlehem, Pa., for one season (1977-1978).
Away from his duties at Loyola, Coach McClure has worked at the Baltimore Country Club as the assistant tennis professional. He has also been the lead pro at the Hunt Valley Golf Club, Eagles Nest Country Club, and the Harford County Tennis Barn and the Perring Racquet Club.
In November 2003, McClure was inducted in the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame for his success as a coach and his service to the Evergreen community. McClure joined Diane Geppi-Aikens, Ann McCloskey, Tom Murphy, Dr. Mike Ventura, Dave Cottle, Bill Sento, and legendary Emil G. "Lefty" Reitz as the only coaches inducted in the school's hall of fame.
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