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Rick McClure has been coaching Greyhounds' tennis programs for more than 30 years. He is much more than a tennis coach at Loyola University Maryland. He is a mentor, a friend, a man who captures the very essence of Loyola tennis.
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 333-95 (.778) 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.
Combined, the programs reached the milestone of 600 wins under McClure's tenure during the 2010-2011 season.
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.