MORAGA, Calif. — Saint Mary's women's tennis has announced a coaching change, as Associate Head Coach Simon Harston will now be the team's head coach while longtime head coach Lisa Alipaz will be the Director of Tennis Operations.
“I am honored that Lisa and athletic director Mike Matoso have faith in me to lead the team this season,” said Harston. “I have learned an enormous amount from her these past two years. I am really looking forward to continuing our work together and pushing this team to get better everyday.”
Under Alipaz's leadership, the Gaels claimed the program's first ever WCC Championship title in 2010 to earn their first trip to the NCAA Tournament. SMC then advanced to the NCAA Championships in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015 as at-large bids.
In her 18 years as head coach, the Gaels won a total of 221 matches, and were ranked as high as No. 37 in 2013.
“Lisa has done a fantastic job for this program over the past 18 years,” said Harston. “She will continue to be a driving force behind our student-athletes, and will continue to demonstrate all the qualities our team will aspire to.”
A native of London, England, Harston brings with him a vast knowledge of the game and a proven track record of developing talent. Harston spent the last two seasons with Alipaz and the women's team. Prior to joining the women's team, Harston assisted the men's program from August 2012 to 2015.
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