Richard Gallien Receives Five-Year Contract Extension

June 24, 2002

Los Angeles -- USC women's tennis coach Richard Gallien, entering his eighth year, has received a five-year contract extension, Trojan senior associate athletic director Daryl Gross announced today.

The extension, which will be in addition to the year remaining on Gallien's current contract, will run through the 2007-08 season. Financial terms were not disclosed.

'It has been impressive to watch Richard stabilize and maintain a championship culture in our women's tennis program, attracting top student-athletes,' said Gross. 'He is equally committed to our student-athletes' growth both on and off the court. We are delighted that he will be with the program for many years to come.'

Said Gallien: 'I don't believe it is possible for any coach to be supported more than I have been by Mike Garrett, Darryl Gross and the entire USC athletic administration. I have been able to achieve so much in my time here at USC, but I have even greater aspirations and I am confident that the best is yet to come. I appreciate the confidence that this staff has instilled in me and our athletes.'

Gallien arrived at USC in 1996 and took over a team that had not made it past the NCAA Regionals the previous five seasons. After a short rebuilding process, he now has guided the Women of Troy to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances (1999-2002) and three-straight trips to the NCAA quarterfinals (1999-2001) - one of only three teams to do so since 1999. The Women of Troy have finished among the ITA's top 15 teams for the past four seasons.

At USC, Gallien has compiled a 117-70 (.626) overall record in his seven years. In his 10 years as a head coach (including three seasons as Pepperdine's men's tennis head coach, 1998-90), he boasts a 179-94 (.656) career mark.

The 2002 women's tennis team finished the season ranked No. 11 by the ITA after posting a 19-8 overall record. The team finished second in the Pac-10 with a 7-1 mark and advanced to the NCAA Round of 16. Juniors Jewel Peterson (singles and doubles) and Tiffany Brymer (doubles) earned All-American honors.

USC women's tennis has won seven national championships in its history and has produced five national singles champions, one national doubles champion and numerous All-Americans.

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