Former USC Head Coach George Toley Dies At 91

March 2, 2008

LOS ANGELES-George Toley, one of the premier tennis coaches in collegiate history who led USC to 10 NCAA team championships during his 27-year reign (1954-80) as the men's coach, died on Saturday (March 1) in Pasadena. He was 91.

Services will be private.

Nine of Toley's players won the NCAA singles crown and 12 of his Trojan duos captured the NCAA doubles title. His teams won 82% of their dual matches (430-92-4).

His pupils went on to win more than 400 national and international titles, Grand Slam events, and several were ranked No. 1 in the world. Among the players he produced were Stan Smith, Dennis Ralston, Bob Lutz, Alex Olmedo, Rafael Osuna, Raul Ramirez, Joaquin Loyo-Mayo, Robert Van't Hof and his successor as Trojan coach, Dick Leach.

Toley is a member of the Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame, Southern California Tennis Hall of Fame and USC Athletic Hall of Fame. Known as the 'Father of Tennis' in Mexico because of his efforts to develop the sport in that country, he coached Mexico in the Davis Cup, recruited some of the nation's finest players for his Trojan teams and held an annual summer tennis camp in Ensenada for youngsters.

He was nationally ranked while playing tennis at USC in 1940 and 1941. He then was a teaching pro at the Beverly Hills Tennis Club in 1941 before becoming the head pro at the Los Angeles Tennis Club in 1947 (a position he held until 1972).

He is survived by his daughter, Katie Dempster, son-in-law Gary Dempster and 2 grandsons.

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