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Head Coach SHERRI STEPHENS
Now entering her 23rd season as head coach of the University of San Diego women's tennis team, Sherri Stephens has turned the USD program into one of the most respected women's tennis programs in the nation. With Coach Stephens' leadership, the Toreros have gained respect as a national contender.
Stephens arrived at USD in the Fall of 1984 and immediately began to reshape the women's tennis fortunes. Over the past twenty seasons against some of the nation's best, Stephens has accumulated a win-loss record of 244-215, finishing seventeen seasons with .500 or better marks. During this time her teams have advanced to the NCAA Tournament nine times (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999). The Toreros have finished among the nation's top-25 in eight seasons, with a high of #14 in 1989 (18-8 overall record)--that was USD's first team to advance to the NCAA's. Stephens has also had five Toreros receive a total of twelve NCAA All-America honors: Tonya Fuller (1991), Laura Richards (1992, 1993), Julie McKeon (1992, 1993, 1994), most recently Zuzana Lesenarova (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000) and junior Katarina Valkyova (1999, 2000).
Well respected among her peers in the coaching profession, Sherri has been a featured speaker at several ITA Coaches' Conventions. Twice she has had the privilege of coaching at the Olympic Sports Festival (1993/South, 1995/West), with her `95 squad winning the gold medal. She was named the 1994 Female Coach of the Year by the USTA, Southern California Section/San Diego District.
Sherri has been involved with numerous administrative positions within collegiate tennis - the NCAA Ranking Committee, the NCAA Rules Committee, and as Tournament Chairman of the All-American National Championships the past four years.
For the past 30 years Coach Stephens has developed camps and clinics to promote the game of tennis. In a high energy, fun, and informative environment, a student of the game will improve and enjoy a great week of tennis!
A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Stephens was a nationally ranked player on the junior circuit before enrolling at the University of Arizona. After completing her collegiate playing career in 1979, she began her coaching career as an assistant for the Arizona Wildcats.
Assistant Coach Patricia Tarabini (Pato)
Patricia has spent her life playing and now teaching the sport of tennis. Known as one of the world's best doubles players. Pato possesses volumes of information and is excited to share this with interested students. Her resume speaks for itself
- Grand Slam Champion
- Two-time Olympian, Silver Medalist representing Argentina
- 16 years on the Professional Tour
- Ranked top 20 in the world, women's doubles for the past 10 years
- Coach of Conchita Martinez
- Teaching professional Santaluz Club, San Diego, CA