Sept. 9, 2007
The following article was posted on Bob Larson's TennisNews.com.
After eight seasons with the UCLA men's tennis team, assistant headcoach Jason Sher will get the opportunity to lead his own program, as hewas named head coach at nearby Loyola Marymount University on Thursday.Sher, who earned ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year honors in2001, served as head coach Billy Martin's lead assistant from 1999-2007.
"It has been an unbelievable eight years coaching here at UCLA," saidSher, who begins his post at LMU immediately. "Coach Martin and I haveshared some special moments on the courts, and I want to thank him forhis friendship and guidance over the years. I have so many incrediblememories as both a player and coach here at UCLA. I will always have aspecial bond with the Blue and Gold."
Sher spent a total of 12 years in Westwood as both a player and coach.He lettered at UCLA from 1990-93, helping the Bruins to threethird-place finishes at the NCAA Championships. He compiled an overallsingles record of 101-21, including and 86-13 mark in dual-match play.He owned the highest winning percentage on the team in three of his fourseasons.
As a coach, Sher helped the Bruins enjoy some their most successfulseasons in program history, highlighted by the school's 2005 NCAAChampionship - the program's first title since 1984. UCLA also reachedthe finals in 2004, never finishing out of the top 5 at the NCAAChampionships. Sher was also instrumental in helping UCLA claim fivePac-10 titles, including four in a row from 2004-07.
"We're obviously sad to see Jason leave because he has meant so much toour program," said Martin. "But on the other hand I'm tremendously happythat he has earned a head coaching position and I know he will do afantastic job at LMU. He has all the tools to be a successful head coachand build a winning program. We've been lucky to have him for eightyears."
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