During a 23-year USC coaching career from 1980-2002, his Trojans earned a program-record 540 wins.
The head coach of the USC women from 1974-88 was known as a mentor, friend and role model who touched the lives of countless athletes throughout his career.
“We have a long and proud legacy of Latino tennis players that have blessed these very courts at USC, but Rafael was one of the most memorable ones. In my opinion, his biggest impact, with the help of the late, great Coach Toley, was that he helped pave the way for many more outstanding Latino Trojan players for years to come.”
TITLE IX: Tennis standout Barbara Hallquist DeGroot quickly made a name for herself, winning back-to-back national collegiate singles titles in the 1970s. She later returned to USC as a volunteer coach.
The title gives USC an automatic berth into the 2022 NCAA Tournament, the team’s 15th consecutive trip to the tourney.
The tennis standout was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1974 and the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.
The Southern California Tennis Association Hall of Famer played on three USC men's tennis teams that finished in the national Top 4 and then was among the Top 10 players in the U.S.
The two-time NCAA champion in singles and doubles led the USC men’s tennis team to the 1958 NCAA title and then won three Grand Slam titles.
He helped USC win NCAA and conference men's tennis team titles in 1962, 1963 and 1964, and also captured the NCAA singles and doubles crowns in 1963 and 1964.