July 2, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- LMU Athletics Director Dr. William Husak announced on Tuesday that Tom Lloyd has been hired as the head coach of the men's tennis program. Lloyd has spent the last seven years working as an assistant coach with the University of Arizona men's tennis program.
"We are all very excited to have Tom Lloyd serve as our head coach," Husak said. "Tom brings an infectious energy and comes from a tennis family rooted in Southern California. I believe Tom will be a great match for our program and University, and I am anxious to see what the future holds for our men's tennis program."
Working in one of the best men's tennis conferences in the nation, Lloyd helped the 2010 Arizona squad to a season-high ITA ranking of #17 and the program's first-ever victory over UCLA. That team finished just one win shy of hosting the NCAA Regional, and capped back-to-back NCAA tournament bids in 2009 and 2010. Pushing his athletes both on the court and in the classroom, Lloyd saw his Wildcats post the highest team GPA in three consecutive years stretching from 2007 to 2009 while garnering numerous Academic All-Conference selections.
"I can't thank Bill, Sara and the hiring committee enough for putting the trust in me as the next head coach of the LMU Lions," said Lloyd. "I am very excited for the journey ahead, and know that in time the Lions will be a prominent force in the West Coast Conference."
When asked about his experience working as an assistant under head coach Tad Berkowitz at Arizona, Lloyd said, "although my title at Arizona was assistant coach, I am extremely grateful that Tad allowed me to stand on the same pedestal as him and have a say in all the facets of running a Division I team in the Pac-12. It was a priceless experience that I consistently learned from every day, and is a huge reason I am where I am today."
Prior to spending his last seven years at Arizona, Lloyd spent two years working as an ATP Tour professional coach for Taylor Dent. Under that title, Lloyd traveled around the world with Dent to tournaments such as the US Open, Wimbledon, Australian Open and Montreal Open, eventually helping Dent to reach a #21 ranking in the world.Lloyd has also worked as a National Coach with the USTA at the newly-named StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., instructing and coaching top USTA juniors from the ages of 10 to 18 and working directly with Lead National Coach, David Roditi, and Director of Coaching, Jose Higueras.
A standout at Arizona from 2000-2004, Lloyd served as team captain in three of his four seasons as a Wildcat en route to recording 52 singles victories and 33 doubles wins during his career. His best year came as a senior in 2004, when he tallied a 17-12 record in singles competition and an 8-4 mark in doubles play. In 2002, paired with teammate Colin O'Grady, he won the Pac-10 Men's Doubles Invitational Tournament.A native of Yorba Linda, Calif., Lloyd was a three-time all-league performer at Esperanza High School, and was named to the all-county team as a freshman.
"My wife (Liz) and I grew up in Southern California, and I played all my tennis in that area until I received a scholarship to play at Arizona, so this is a tremendous opportunity and a homecoming for me," Lloyd said. "I am extremely excited for the opportunity to return to Southern California to begin my journey as a head coach."
While his ties to Southern California make LMU an excellent fit for recruiting and building a strong program, Lloyd also has bloodlines on the LMU campus itself, as both his mother and grandfather are alumni of the University.
"LMU is a fantastic institution with an unmatched location and a great athletic pedigree in the WCC," Lloyd said. "Being able to have the likes of Pepperdine, USD and BYU on your schedule every year is a great tool for recruiting and building a program."In 2004, Lloyd earned a Bachelor's of Science in Business Management from the University of Arizona. Lloyd married Liz, a former soccer player at Arizona, in 2007 before the couple welcomed their first child, Gwyneth, into the world in July of 2011.
Courtesy of LMU athletics.