Tom Lilly, who has been a part of Bluejay tennis for 15 years, is in his sixth season at the helm of Creighton's women's and men's tennis programs. He spent five years as a player, redshirting one season, one year as a fan and three years as an assistant coach for both teams before taking over as head coach.
As a player, Lilly racked up 124 victories, which is good for fourth on the all-time career wins at Creighton. In his first two seasons with the Bluejays, Lilly held down the No. 3 and No. 2 doubles positions and was voted the team's Most Improved Player both years. After sitting out a season as a medical redshirt, Lilly returned for two more years and competed at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles both years. He was the team's captain as a junior and senior and was voted the Most Valuable Player as a junior. He graduated in 1993 with a degree in theology.
In five years as head coach of the Creighton women's tennis team, Lilly has posted a dual match record of 55-72. Last year's team finished 11-11 overall and was 4-5 in Missouri Valley Conference play.
Lilly's men's team was 10-12 in dual matches during the 2001-02 season and owned a 3-6 mark in MVC competition. In five years as head coach, Lilly has guided the men's program to a 59-60 record.
During the summer months, Lilly also serves as the head tennis professional at Oak Hills Country Club in Omaha, Neb. He is married to former Bluejay tennis player, Jean (Fougeron) Lilly, who serves as the assistant coach for the women's squad. The couple has a son, Tom, Jr., who was born in the spring of 2001.