USC Tennis Adds NCAA Champ Ray Sarmiento As Volunteer Assistant
USC men's tennis welcomes former Trojan Ray Sarmiento — an All-American and three-time NCAA Champion — back into the fold for the 2020-21 season as volunteer assistant coach, head coach Brett Masi has announced. The talented Trojan brings a wealth of successful collegiate experience as well as six years of professional competition to the USC coaching staff.
"I've always had a great connection with Ray and it goes back to when he was a junior player and I was recruiting him," Masi said of Rancho Cucamonga native Sarmiento. "Maybe it's just that we are both from the Inland Empire, but he has always been a great talent and well respected individual here in SoCal. His time here at USC puts him in a elite class with his All-American accomplishments and his three NCAA team titles. Him being able to pass that knowledge on to this team will be priceless!"
As a Trojan, Sarmiento was a five-time ITA All-American and helped USC to NCAA Championships in 2011, 2012 and 2014. After winning that third national championship as a senior, he received the ITA Southwest Region's Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award was named to the Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Year. Sarmiento's USC career started out strong, too, as he won the 2011 ITA Southwest Singles Championship as well as the Pac-12 Doubles Championship. He'd close out his USC career with 101 singles wins and 75 doubles wins.
Since graduating from USC with a degree in sociology, Sarmiento has been on the pro circuit. He reached a career best ranking of 287 and has accumulated 28 wins on the Challenger Tour and 82 in ITF competition.
"It has been amazing being back on campus, especially getting to see some familiar faces," Sarmiento said. "I learned so much during my time here as a player, so I'm just super excited to give back and share my tennis knowledge to the next generation of Trojans. It is really special to not only have an opportunity to coach at one of the top programs in the nation, but to do so at my alma mater. I'm just excited to work with two great coaches in Brett and Kris along with the rest of the team, and I'm looking forward to competing for another national title, this time as a coach."