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Elizabeth Begley Joins USC Women’s Tennis Staff As Assistant Coach

Dec 20, 2021

Elizabeth Begley, a two-time Big-12 Champion starter for the Longhorns with over five years of Division I coaching experience, has been named a USC Women's Tennis Assistant Coach, fifth year head coach Alison Swain announced today.

"Elizabeth's ability to develop players and program culture make her a great fit for our team," Swain said of Begley. "Her championship mindset and elite background as a player support the goals of our student-athletes." 

Begley arrives at Troy after most recently holding the Associate Head Coach position at Loyola Marymount University. 

At LMU, Begley helped take the Lions from unranked to a top-45 ITA ranking in one season, reaching a program high rank of 44 in 2020 (March 10, 2020).  She also led recruiting efforts that led to LMU signing the most decorated recruit in program history.

Prior to her joining LMU's coaching staff, Begley spent the previous three years as the Cornelia Drake and John Van Ryn Jr. '28 Assistant Coach of Women's Tennis at Princeton (2015-2018).

As a coach at Princeton, Begley helped Princeton to a pair of Ivy League titles (2016 & 2018) as the Tigers went 19-4 overall and 7-0 in conference play en route to a berth into the NCAA Championship Tournament. Over her three years, Princeton compiled a 45-23 overall record and was 16-5 in Ivy League play. The Tigers improved from unranked to 22nd during Begley's three years on staff.

Before Princeton, Begley spent one season as a volunteer assistant coach at Baylor, where she helped the Bears to the NCAA team quarterfinals, a berth in the NCAA singles Round of 16 and the NCAA doubles quarterfinals. While three Baylor players earned All-Big 12 honors, the program also had the Big 12 Player of the Year and the Big 12 Coach of the Year.

During her playing career at Texas, Begley had 86 career singles wins and helped the Longhorns to two Big 12 championships, finishing her senior season as the team's No. 2 singles player and ranked 114th in the nation by the ITA. Texas played in the NCAA team tournament in each of her first three seasons, winning at least one match all three times and advancing to the Round of 16 her sophomore year. Twice, Begley was an All-Big 12 singles selection and was also a two-time Big 12 individual position champion. Begley was selected as the Most Outstanding Performer at the 2012 Big 12 Championships and won the 2014 ITA Texas Region Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sportsmanship & Leadership Award. Begley earned her bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014.