Aug. 16, 2007
Moraga, CA - Saint Mary's Director of Athletics Mark Orr announced the multi-year extensions of the men's and women's tennis coaches, Michael Wayman and Lisa Alipaz. Wayman enters his 11th season in Moraga while Alipaz will begin her 10th.
"Michael and Lisa have done an outstanding job building a successful program at Saint Mary's college," Orr said. "In order to continue that success, signing Michael and Lisa to contract extensions will help secure a strong future for both the men's and women's tennis programs."
Wayman has been the Tennis Director at Saint Mary's College since 1996. As the director, he serves as the head men's coach, oversees the women's program, and is the facility supervisor for the Timothy Korth Tennis Complex. Wayman has had recent success in each of these three fields.
"Michael has been instrumental in the advancement of the men's tennis program. I look forward to the next level of success that Michael will bring to Saint Mary's," said Orr.
Wayman was named the West Coast Conference Men's Tennis Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2004. The women's program is coming off the most successful season in program history and Saint Mary's hosted the 2006 West Coast Conference Championships from the Korth Tennis Complex.
"I am pleased to know that Mark has confidence in our abilities to continue the program's success," said Wayman. "I look forward to making sure the program maintains movement in a positive direction and I am excited for the new challenges that each year offers. The 2007-2008 schedules are challenging and offer the teams excellent opportunities to play tough opponents and showcase their skills."
Alipaz has been the head women's tennis coach at Saint Mary's College since 1999. In 2007, Alipaz coached the Gaels to a 17-4 overall record and a second place finish in conference. Saint Mary's finished the season ranked No. 53 and is considered the most successful team in program history. The 2007 season also marked the second year that Alipaz was named West Coast Conference Coach of the Year. Five of her players were awarded with eight different All-Conference accolades, which is the most in program history.
"Lisa has achieved many accomplishments over the past few years," said Orr. "As a two-time WCC Coach of the Year she has created a program that expects success and will continue to improve under her direction."