The McKale Center is crawling with former Arizona Wildcat student-athletes that cannot seem to escape its historic walls.
Former Wildcat standout Tom Lloyd enters his eighth year as a member of the Arizona coaching staff. His responsibilities cover all aspects of the program, as he hopes to have a positive affect on the recruiting, coaching, and overall development of Arizona men's tennis.
Lloyd, a University of Arizona alumnus, returned to Tucson after two years of working on the ATP Tour with Taylor Dent. While on the tour with Dent, his duties included coaching, scouting players, and coordinating travel. Under Lloyd's guidance, Dent reached the No. 21 spot in the ATP Tour rankings.
"When the assistant's position came open I immediately contacted Tom," said UA head coach Tad Berkowitz. "I knew he was the perfect guy for the job. With Tom's experience playing in the Pac-10, as well as coaching on the professional tour, I believe he will be a great influence on our team."
"I look forward to working with Tad, not only in the upcoming season, but for many seasons to come," said Lloyd. "I am very happy and excited to be Arizona's assistant tennis coach, and I am thrilled to be home again."
Lloyd, 30, garnered many accolades and distinctions as a Wildcat. He was a four-time letterwinner (1999-2002, 2003-04), and served as team captain three of those seasons (2001, `02, `04). Lloyd won 52 singles matches and 33 doubles matches during his career in Tucson. His best year came as a senior in 2003-04, when he tallied a 17-12 record in singles competition and an 8-4 mark in doubles play. In 2002, paired with teammate Colin O'Grady, he won the Pac-10 Men's Doubles Invitational Tournament.
In addition to his on-court honors, Lloyd claimed two Mary Roby Academic Achievement Awards (2000, 2003), the C.A.T.S. award in 2004, and was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Board for two years.
"Tom will be a Wildcat for life. The pride and passion he has for our University is second to none," noted Berkowitz.
A native of Yorba Linda, Calif., Lloyd was a three-time all-league performer at Esperanza High School, and was named to the all-county team as a freshman. In 2004, Lloyd earned a Bachelor's of Science in Business Management from the University of Arizona's Eller College of Management. On June 30, 2007, Lloyd wed the former Elizabeth Bartlett, a former soccer player at Arizona. In July of 2011 Lloyd and his wife welcomed thier daughter, Gwyneth.