After 40 competitive seasons as the Head Women’s Tennis Coach at Loyola Marymount University, Jamie Sanchez is taking his wealth of experience and everlasting passion for the game to its sister institution, Marymount California University.

Since 2006, both the men’s and women’s tennis programs at MCU have been inactive. Enter Sanchez, who will rebuild these programs and take over as the head coach for both teams. “I am really excited about starting two tennis programs at such a great university,” he says. “I hope the part I take in establishing these programs in the greatest sport ever can mirror the growth and insight that the University has for lifelong learning.”

Ironically, this role comes full circle to Sanchez as he implemented the women’s tennis program at LMU those many years ago. The 2017-2018 season at MCU will be dedicated to recruiting, with the official launch of both programs in the fall of 2018. “I’m actively reaching out to all the junior colleges,” says Sanchez. “My emphasis is on connecting with the tennis community in Southern California and more prominently the Catholic schools and any and all high schools in the 30-mile radius, without excluding anyone else. Community colleges in SoCal are part of the outreach.

“I’m also going through the channels of the SCTA, reaching out to the players through that conduit – all of the tennis families, and kids that are involved in tennis in general. It’s a combined effort – we’re trying to start two programs, but we also need to inform people that Marymount California is starting a tennis program. People are still finding that out.”

Embracing that “growth is a part of change,” Sanchez is an ideal figure for this type of outreach because his love for tennis runs so deep. “Here’s the thing about tennis – I’ve always had a passion for the sport itself,” he says. “I’m an unlikely candidate for the sport because I played football all four years of high school and didn’t play tennis until senior year, I was a late arrival to the game. I played college football and tennis all four years of college. It’s a lifelong sport – at no matter what level you partake, it’s enjoyable and rewarding. That’s been the catalyst and I find it very exciting to be doing it here.”

Sanchez is looking forward to forging new connections, both in and out of the new programs, and he welcomes hearing from all those who are interested. “There are so many ways to reach out and make sure the word is spread,” he says. “I’m open to and I’m really looking forward to people contacting me. They may not end up coming here and that’s ok. Just reaching out and making the communication is of utmost importance for all those who have a common bond, and that’s the game.”