LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Loyola Marymount Athletics Director Dr. William Husak announced today, Tuesday, July 28, the hiring of Agustin Moreno as head coach of the women’s tennis program. Moreno is coming off nine-plus seasons leading South Florida’s program, guiding them to a pair of conference championships and six NCAA tournament appearances.
“I am very excited to be the head coach at LMU,” said Moreno, the native of Guadalajara, Mexico, who played in the 1988 Olympics and 1988 French Open. “I think this is a great opportunity. It is a program that should have high expectations of success. As we get started, our goal will be to win a conference title and then as we progress, to go for a national title.”
In Moreno’s nine seasons at USF, the Bulls amassed a 127-75 dual match record (.628), claimed the 2013 American Athletic Conference Championship, 2007 BIG EAST Championship – USF’s first in the conference in any sport– and made six NCAA Tournaments. In the 2014 season, the Bulls were undefeated at home and amassed 15 straight wins.
“We are excited about the prospect of Agustin leading our women’s tennis program. His background as an accomplished player and respected coach at both the national and international levels is particularly attractive,” said Husak. “With LMU’s location, weather, facilities and educational opportunities, Agustin believes that we should be a destination for the best players in the country and world. I look forward to Agustin attracting top caliber student-athletes and developing them into a successful team.”
Moreno led 10 players to a total of 16 all-conference (BIG EAST) honors, including two who were named the conference Player of the Year. Moreno was named the league’s coach of the year in 2007 as well.
“This is a great fit for me because LMU is located in Southern California, and it is a great place for tennis. It is a great location to recruit,” said Moreno. “The school has great academics, the campus is beautiful and it is just perfect for any female tennis player around the world to attend and have a great student-athlete experience.”
Moreno made the move to South Florida from the University of Georgia, where he served as assistant coach for three years alongside head coach Manuel Diaz. While at Georgia, Moreno helped start the recruiting process of current ATP pro John Isner and he worked with the former Bulldog from 2003-2005.
Moreno was in the national spotlight when he helped Georgia advance to the NCAA Championship Quarterfinals in 2004-05 and concluded the year ranked No. 7 in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll. The roster featured the No. 1 ranked and NCAA Champion doubles tandem and several other nationally ranked singles players.
Prior to Georgia, Moreno spent two seasons as an assistant at Texas Christian University, helping the Horned Frogs to a No. 2 national ranking and a Western Athletic Conference championship. TCU concluded the year 24-4 and advanced to the semifinals of both the ITA National Indoor Championship and NCAA Championship.
Moreno’s extensive coaching resume also includes a wealth of international experience guiding women’s programs. For five years he served as the head coach of the Mexican Women’s Federation Cup Team (1999-2003) and during that time he also mentored Mexico’s Women’s Continental Cup Team (2001), an 18-and-under squad, and Women’s Pan-American Team (2004). The Federation Cup is the women’s equivalent of the Davis Cup on the men’s side.
Moreno’s international experience also includes a stint as an assistant with the Mexican Davis Cup Team. He also directed the Mexican 14-and-under World Youth Cup squad in Japan.
Moreno played one season (1985-86) at Pepperdine, earning a No. 4 national ranking in doubles and helping the Waves to the national indoor title and an appearance in the NCAA Championship title match. Before arriving at Pepperdine, he was ranked No. 1 in the world in doubles as a junior and was the doubles champion at Junior Wimbledon in 1985.
Moreno enjoyed a successful professional career on the ATP tour, which spanned from 1987-1994. He was a doubles semifinalist at the 1988 French Open and also participated in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea. Moreno was a member of Mexico’s Davis Cup Team (1985-94) and owns career singles wins over Thomas Muster and Petr Korda.
A 2002 graduate of Texas Christian University, Moreno earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. Moreno is married to the former Beatriz Lomei. The couple have two sons, Agustin and Daniel.