IU women’s tennis coach Loring retires

Indiana announced the retirement of women’s tennis coach Lin Loring on Thursday.

Loring, the all-time wins leader in women’s college tennis, coached for 44 seasons. He accumulated 846 career wins, including 804 at Indiana. No other women’s tennis coach has eclipsed 800 wins.

Associate head coach Ramiro Azcui has been named the program’s permanent head coach by athletic director Fred Glass.

“Coaching has been a wonderful adventure spanning 44 years of my life,” Loring said in a statement. “I have been very lucky and this is very hard, but after much thoughtful reflection, I’ve decided it is time to say goodbye.

“I want to say thank you to all my wonderful players, all my IU colleagues and all my Bloomington friends. It is simply the right time to step down and I look forward to spending more time with my two teenage daughters.”

Loring’s athletes won 16 Big Ten titles and made 28 national tournament appearances, including a AIAW national championship win in 1982. But most remarkable might be Loring’s record off the court.

He maintained a 100 percent graduation rate. His teams won the Herbert Cup — an award created in 2007-08 and given to the IU program with the highest GPA each semester — 12 times.

Loring began his career at IU in 1977 after four years at the University of California-Santa Barbara, his alma mater.

Azcui has been at IU for 25 years. He was a player at Abilene Christian and first became a head coach at Truman State. In charge of both the men’s and women’s teams, Azcui compiled a record of 30-24 in three seasons.

Azcui’s daughter, Denise, was a girls’ tennis state champion at Bloomington South and now competes at Western Michigan. His wife, Kathy, played tennis at Baylor. In high school, Azcui was ranked as the No. 2 player in Bolivia.

“I want to thank Mr. Glass and Jeremy Gray for having the confidence in allowing me to lead the women’s tennis program and continue the tradition at Indiana University,” Azcui said in a statement. “Today is an incredible day for my family. Indiana Athletics has been a huge part of my life for the last 24 years and we are all proud to be Hoosiers.

“At the same time, today is a bittersweet day for IU and college tennis as one of greatest coaches in history is stepping down after 40 years of service to this wonderful university. Coach Loring’s contributions on and off the court have meant so much to Indiana, college tennis, and to five decades of IU women’s tennis players. I am humbled and excited to continue the great tradition at Indiana that we have established over so many years.”