USC Women's Tennis Coach Richard Gallien To End 22-Year Tenure at End of 2017 Season|
March 24, 2017
LOS ANGELES -- USC women’s tennis head coach Richard Gallien, a 5-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year, announced today (March 24) that he will end his 22-year tenure at the conclusion of the current 2017 season.
“It has been a privilege to have coached so many brilliant young women in my 22 fantastic years at this remarkable university. All but two student-athletes who played for me received their degrees, something of which I am very proud.
“I look forward to coaching our team through the postseason and finishing strong. And in the future, I will always be rooting for all the teams at USC.”
During his USC career, each of Gallien’s teams advanced into the NCAA tourney, with 3 appearing in the semifinals and 5 others making it to the quarterfinals. Under his watch, USC has finished in the national Top 20 rankings 19 times, including 11 Top 10 placings. Four of his teams won the Pac-12 title and 8 others were league runners-up. Four of his players were named conference Player of the Year and 3 of his doubles teams were honored as the league’s Doubles Team of the Year (including 2013 NCAA doubles champs Sabrina Santamaria and Kaitlyn Christian).
The 2017 USC team currently is 5-7 overall, including an 0-3 start in Pac-12 play. The Women of Troy have dropped 6 of their past 8 matches. They have 8 regular season matches remaining, before Pac-12 team championship play begins in late April.
Gallien, who began at USC in 1996, has an overall record of 385-157 (71.0%), not including 8 wins and a loss vacated due to NCAA penalty.