Loring named PTR College Coach of the Year

January 13, 2015

Hilton Head Island, SC — Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) will present its annual awards during the 2015 PTR International Tennis Symposium. The event, which includes 40-plus educational presentations for tennis teachers and coaches, a trade show and tournament, is being held February 19-22 on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Lin Loring, Head Women’s Tennis Coach at Indiana University, has been named PTR Jim Verdieck College Coach of the Year. It is fitting that an award named for Jim Verdieck, once known as ‘the winningest coach in college tennis history’, goes to Loring who has reached his own historic milestones. Loring has more wins than any Division I women’s tennis coach – ever!

Like Verdieck, Loring inherited a losing program in the early 70s, when he took over the women’s tennis team at his alma mater, University of California Santa Barbara. Like Verdieck, it was a non-scholarship squad. And, like Verdieck, Loring quickly coached his UCSB teams to the Top 20.

When he took over as Head Women’s Coach at Indiana University in 1977, he once again found himself with a losing team. But, just as he did at UCSB, by his second season, Loring had coached the Division I Hoosiers to a Top 20 spot. Now in his 38th season at Indiana University, Loring is the first coach in women’s tennis history to reach 815 match wins. So far, he has accumulated a career record of 815-317 leading IU’s women’s tennis program.

Loring has guided the Hoosiers to 12 undefeated seasons, 28 national tournament appearances and 16 Big Ten titles. He was Big Ten Coach of the Year five times and Midwest Coach o the Year seven times. Not surprisingly, Loring has been named National Coach of the Year – twice.

An equal feat, Loring has had 81 players named to the All-Big Ten team, and 25 earned All-American. Every one of Loring’s four year players earned their college degree. We are sure Jim Verdieck would be pleased.

In addition, Loring has served the sport well. He held elected positions in the Southern California Athletic Association, and was Chair of the Indiana, Midwest and National Tennis Committees. Currently, Loring is on the Board of Directors for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and is Chair of the Women’s National Team Indoor Championship. He is the Founder and Director of the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit. He also honored with the Rolex/ITA Meritorious Service Award.

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 15,000 members in 125 countries. It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization. PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and servicing tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.