Former Occidental tennis player and coach David Bojalad has been named Oxy's head men's and women's tennis coach.
Bojalad '94, who was an All-SCIAC selection and team captain for Oxy's men's team in 1993 and 1994, takes over for Rachel Manasse who accepted a position at USC.
"It's absolutely a pleasure," Bojalad said. "This is quite literally my dream job. I love the school and I think the program has more upside than any other Division III program out there."
Bojalad comes back to Oxy with 15 years of experience as a college coach, including 12 years as a head coach, and as a proven recruiter.
"As an alum and former coach, David has a great deal of familiarity with and passion for Oxy athletics," Oxy Dean of Students and Interim Athletic Director Rob Flot said. "This, along with David's proven success as a collegiate coach, makes him an ideal fit to lead our women's and men's tennis teams in years to come".
Bojalad has most recently been the head men's and women's coach at NCAA Division III Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, but also spent eight years serving in various roles as the head men's and women's coach and director of tennis at SCIAC rival Whittier College.
Bojalad was Oxy's head men's coach from 2002-2004 when it was a part-time position and has also been an assistant coach with the men at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps for two seasons from 2000-2002.
Bojalad rejoins Oxy at an exciting time with the new McKinnon Tennis facility due to be complete in about a year and some talent to work with on both teams.
"The quality of the education, the new facility and the conference make this not only desirable to Southern California, but also to tennis hotbeds all over the country," Bojalad said.
Bojalad has twice been recognized by the ITA with Top 25 recruiting classes and built Whittier's program into a nationally-ranked squad.
After graduating from Oxy in 1994 with a B.S. in psychology, he went on to earn a masters in kinesiology/sports psychology from San Diego State University. He is USPTA Certified.
Bojalad will begin work as the Tigers new leader on Nov. 5.