Oct. 9, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - The sixth court at the LMU Tennis Center received a new name as part of the celebratory weekend for the 30th anniversary of women's tennis. The court was appropriately named the Jamie Sanchez Court, after Loyola Marymount's longtime head coach and Hall of Famer.
The Jamie Sanchez Court completes the LMU Tennis Center and joins the previously named George P. Kading and Morris A. Pivaroff Tournament Court (court one), The Labetich Family Court (court two), The Doyle Family Court (court three), The Dempsey Family Court (court four), and the Bodkin Family Court (court five).
Friends of Sanchez worked to raise funds for the court leading up to the 30th anniversary celebration. Scott Brown `87 and Julie Hladik Reid '02 presented Sanchez with the news of the naming at the alumni luncheon on Saturday, September 30.
Sanchez has been a student-athlete, coach and administrator at Loyola Marymount for over 35 years. He earned eight varsity letters in tennis and football at LMU from 1969 to 1974. He graduated from LMU in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in English. In February of 1993, Sanchez was inducted into the Loyola Marymount Athletics Hall of Fame. He became a two-time inductee in 2003 when he was inducted again with the 1969 Club National Championship football team.
Sanchez has served in many different capacities throughout his tenure. He coached the men's tennis team for 21 seasons (1975-96) and posted 211 Division I victories. He was an assistant coach for both the football and men's soccer teams in the 1970's, and served as the head athletic trainer in 1978 and 1979.
Sanchez also served as the director of intramurals for 14 years. In 1990-91, Sanchez was the Assistant to the Athletic Director, with duties including supervision of the ticket and event management staff for men's and women's intercollegiate athletic events.
He began the LMU women's tennis program 30 years ago and has been its only head coach.
Lion fans who still wish to contribute to the Sanchez Court can do so by submitting the completed form below by Friday, October 20, 2006. Gifts of $1,000 will be recognized on the LMU Tennis Center donor wall.
Download the gift form here.