Loyola Maryland announces construction of tennis center in honor of coach Rick McClure

September 25, 2014|By Edward Lee | The Baltimore Sun

Loyola Maryland announced Thursday morning that it received a $3.2 million gift from an anonymous donor for the construction of a new tennis facility at Ridley Athletic Complex in honor of the university’s longtime tennis coach.

The center -- which will be named after Rick McClure, who has coached the men’s and women’s teams since 1979 and is a member of the school’s Hall of Fame -- will feature eight lighted courts, a locker room, seating for fans, and a parking lot.

The complex will give the institution the opportunity to play host to Patriot League championships and other tournaments.

“This generous, private support affords us the opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to Loyola’s student-athletes and celebrate the outstanding career of Coach McClure,” said Jim Paquette, assistant vice president and director of athletics at Loyola. “The quality and caliber of Patriot League tennis are exceptional, and our new facility will ensure Loyola remains competitive by providing a first-class experience for Greyhounds tennis teams and fans.”

McClure has coached more than 1,100 matches in 35 seasons with the Greyhounds, recording almost 700 wins. He was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in November 2003.

The university broke ground on the new facility in July, and the construction is expected to be completed by next spring.

edward.lee@baltsun.com

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