Lisa Alipaz has been the head women's tennis coach at Saint Mary's College since 1999. Alipaz is coming off of an impressive 2006 season in which the team posted an 11-9 record and four players were garnered with All-Conference accolades.
2006 marked another successful year for Alipaz and the women's tennis program. Alipaz coached Aude Lambert to her second straight First Team All-West Conference selection, along with coaching Lambert and Jessica Hoath to their second straight All-Conference honors. Erin Young, one of Alipaz's top recruits from the prior year, was awarded the West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year. This honor was a first in school history.
The 2006 season marked many other important first for the women's tennis program. The Gaels received national rankings as high as No. 56; the first time in the program's history that it has received a national ranking. Junior Aude Lambert was ranked No. 124 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association; marking the first time that a Gael has received this honor.
The Gaels finished fourth in the conference in 2006, tying the school record set by Alipaz in 2005.
In 2005, Alipaz was named the 2005 West Coast Conference Coach of the Year, after leading the Gaels to a school-record fourth place finish.
Alipaz coached Aude Lambert to a First Team All-Conference selection in singles, the program's first player ever selected to the first team, and also coached Lambert and Jessica Hoath, to a First Team All-Conference doubles selection. The two honors were a first in school history.
The Gaels finished 2005 with an 11-9 overall record and finished in fourth at the West Coast Conference championships held in San Diego.
Alipaz is certified by the PTR (Professional Tennis Registry) as a "Professional" (highest level) and has been coaching at the collegiate level for seven years.
Graduating Magna Cum Laude from San Diego State University, Alipaz garnered such honors as Academic All-American, Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year, and was the Arthur Ashe/Tennis Magazine Leadership and Sportsmanship Award winner. Alipaz was a four-time ITA Scholar-Athlete, SDSU Female Athlete of the Year and was awarded a NCAA Post-Graduate scholarship.
In her senior season, Alipaz recorded victories over four top 10 collegiate players, compiled a 21-4 regular season singles record and earned a final NCAA singles ranking of No. 24 in the nation. The SDSU Women's Tennis team was nationally ranked among the Top 25 Division I schools each of the four years Alipaz was there.
After college, Alipaz played professional tournaments throughout Europe and the US, recording wins over players ranked as high as WTA No. 191. In 1998, Alipaz returned to graduate school and completed course work for a degree in Organizational Psychology. Alipaz still competes in Northern California Open tournaments and most recently, represented Northern California in the 2004 National Open Team Championships, placing second.