Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Bill Fusco has announced that Joaquin Lopez has been named interim head coach of the Sonoma State University women's tennis program. Tracey Prince, head coach of the team for the past 14 years, has taken a leave of absence for the Fall 2010 semester.
Lopez has been the assistant coach for the women's tennis team for the past three years and he has also served as the associate head coach for the men's tennis team since 2004.
A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Lopez earned NCAA Division I national rankings in singles and doubles and was named the university's top student-athlete during his senior year. He then played five years of professional tennis, earning an ATP ranking of No. 844 in the world and No. 48 in Spain. During his professional career, Lopez had several wins against ATP Top 100 players.
In 1996, Lopez received his Master's Degree in Sport Psychology in Spain. He has coached top juniors in Germany and has worked as a tennis psychologist with professional players in Spain. Lopez graduated in May 2000 from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology with a Master's in Counseling Psychology and in 2008 he earned his license as a marriage and family psychotherapist in California.
Currently, Lopez has a private practice as a psychotherapist and he teaches Transformational Tennis, his own innovative coaching approach emphasizing personal growth through sports. He resides in Sebastopol with his wife, Aimee, and two children, Ian and Vida.