Notre Dame Athletics | May 9, 2018
After leading the Notre Dame women's tennis program to 24 NCAA Championship appearances, two national semifinals and 19 conference championships over 29 seasons, head coach Jay Louderback has announced he will retire from coaching this summer.
"To quote Lou Gehrig, `Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth,'" Louderback said. "I am retiring after 29 years at Notre Dame to spend more time with my wife, Denise, and our family. I didn't realize when Dick Rosenthal hired me in 1989 it would be such a life-changing experience."
"Notre Dame has been such a special place to coach because of the amazing student-athletes and outstanding athletics staff. I would like to thank the assistant coaches, administrators, fellow coaches and everyone associated with the University that I have had the pleasure of working alongside. I will treasure all of the experiences I have shared with our student-athletes and look forward to being Notre Dame's biggest fan."
"For nearly three decades Jay Louderback has fielded great teams, helped to shape the lives of his students and represented the University with great skill and grace," said University Vice President and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick. "His impact has been enormous and so too will be the loss we will feel in his absence."
The University will commence a national search for the program's sixth head coach.
Louderback took over a fledgling Irish program in 1989 that had played at the Division I level for just four years and never qualified for the NCAA Championship.