Chi Ly enters his fifth season as the head men’s and women’s tennis coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He also serves as the Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Support. Having built two very solid programs in a short amount of time, Ly is coming off a historic season in 2008 which he led the men’s team to PBA’s first-ever team appearance in a NCAA Regional and three times NCCAA National Runner-up in 2006, 2007 and 2009.
As the Assistant A.D. for Academic Support, Ly oversees the academic progress of PBA’s 150+ student-athletes while also interacting with faculty and academic administrators as a way of monitoring the success of each student-athlete.
Ly stresses hard work, ethics, competitive cauldron within the team and mental toughness as the
foundation to be successful for his programs. Coach Ly joined PBA after being on staff at Alma College in Alma, Michigan, where he served as the head coach of both the Scots’ women's tennis and women’s soccer teams for eight years.
Ly possesses a diverse background in the areas of academics, athletics and coaching. In 1989, he earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics with a certification in secondary education from Messiah College in Pennsylvania. He also competed at the intercollegiate level in both soccer and tennis for the Falcons. After spending a year as a graduate assistant at the University of Delaware, Ly became the head of the math department at Bible Baptist High School in Shiremanstown, Pennsylvania, while also coaching the Varsity boy’s soccer team from 1990-1992. During his time at Bible Baptist, Ly took the helm of the women’s tennis program at Messiah College, and in 1993, became the director of both the men's and women's tennis teams. In 1996, he completed his master's degree in mathematics education at Pensacola Christian College. During his seven seasons at Messiah, the women’s team became a top contender in the MAC Commonwealth Conference . Ly also guided the Messiah men's team to their first conference championship in 1995 along with a school-best record of 12-2.
Ly has been a certified member with the United States Professional Tennis Registry (USPTR) since 1993 and also holds an NSCAA national diploma. He has also completed numerous tennis coaching clinics at the Van Der Meer Tennis University and is also active as a clinician and private tennis instructor.
Ly, his wife Michele and their daughter Angel, currently reside in West Palm Beach.