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Lisa Alipaz
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: San Diego State
Graduating Year: 1995
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Alipaz Photos
Lisa Alipaz has been the head women's tennis coach at Saint Mary's College since 1999. A five-time WCC Coach of the Year, Alipaz recently finished her 15th year as head coach after guiding the Gaels to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.  The four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances is a first in Saint Mary's athletics history.

Alipaz has guided the Gaels to unprecedented success the past four seasons. The Gaels claimed the program's first ever WCC Championship title in 2010 to earn their first trip to the NCAA Tournament, and then received at-large bids to the NCAA Championships in 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2013, the Gaels finished conference play 7-1 to claim their first WCC Championship regular season title in a tie with Santa Clara and Pepperdine. The Gaels have been highly ranked all four seasons, including being ranked a program-best No. 20 on February 28, 2012.  Alipaz helped the Gaels finish 2010 with a No. 39 ranking and then concluding the 2011 season at No. 42.

Alipaz has guided two SMC players to WCC Player of the Year honors, starting with Alex Poorta was in 2011. Jenny Jullien joined that list in 2013, earning WCC Player of the Month honors in three consecutive months en route to the season award. Alipaz has also had three players named as the top freshman in the conference, including 2010 WCC Freshman of the Year, Catherine Isip. Alipaz also led Anna Chikhikvishvili to this honor in 2009, while Erin Young was named the 2006 WCC Freshman of the Year. Young was the first Saint Mary's women's tennis player to ever be named as the WCC Freshman of the Year

Against the West Coast Conference, Alipaz led the Gaels to a fifth place finish or better in 12 of her 15 seasons, including second place finishes in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012, and a third place finish in 2011. Prior to the 2010 WCC Championship season, the runner-up finishes marked the best result by the Saint Mary's women's tennis team in the 24-year history of the WCC Championship. Alipaz was named the WCC Coach of the Year in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.

Alipaz has produced 14 First Team All-WCC honorees in singles over the past eight years, including a program best three in 2010, as Isip, Chikhikvishvili, and Poorta were all given first team honors, while Poorta and Isip were repeat selections in 2011. She has had 11 Second Team All-WCC honorees in singles as well over the past eight years. She has also guided the Gaels to success in doubles, as Saint Mary's has had five All-WCC First Team honors and nine second team honors over the past eight years.

Under Alipaz, the Gaels have had seven players ranked nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, which was a program first. Jenny Jullien became Saint Mary's highest ranked player in program history in 2013, climbing as high as No. 17 and spending the entire season ranked. Danielle Flores also spent two weeks in the national rankings. Catherine Isip and Jullien were ranked most of the 2012 season, while Alex Poorta received her first ranking in 2010, and then climbed the charts her senior season to as high as No. 47 in the country. Alipaz also guided Jessica Hoath to a national ranking in 2008, while Aude Lambert received the first ever ranking for a Saint Mary's player in 2006, when she was ranked as high as No. 126.

Alipaz is certified by the PTR (Professional Tennis Registry) as a "Professional" (highest level). Graduating Magna Cum Laude from San Diego State University in 1995, Alipaz garnered such honors as Academic All-American, Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year, and was the Arthur Ashe/Tennis Magazine Leadership and Sportsmanship Award winner. Alipaz was a four-time ITA Scholar-Athlete, SDSU Female Athlete of the Year, and was awarded a NCAA Post-Graduate scholarship.

In her senior season, Alipaz recorded victories over four top-10 collegiate players, compiled a 21-4 regular season singles record, and earned a final NCAA singles ranking of No. 24 in the nation. The SDSU Women's Tennis team was nationally ranked among the Top-25 Division I schools each of the four years Alipaz was there.

After college, Alipaz played professional tournaments throughout Europe and the US, recording wins over players ranked as high as WTA No. 191. In 1998, Alipaz returned to graduate school and completed course work for a degree in Organizational Psychology. Alipaz recently served as the U18 Northern California National Team coach this past summer as well as serving as the head coach for the Northern California Maze Cup team.

Married to Billy Maguy, the couple resides in Lafayette with children Ali (4) and Will (2).