Alice Luthy Tym

University of Florida

2008

Alice Luthy Tym (b. 1942) blazed a trail as founder of the women’s tennis team while a student at the University of Florida in 1960, and continued her myriad contributions to the game as a champion player, collegiate coach and teaching professional. A standout junior player in her native Peoria, Illinois, Tym captained her college team all four years while earning Phi Beta Kappa academic honors. She went on to earn an M.A. from UF in 1966 as a Ford Foundation Fellow. From 1964 to 1970, she played on the international circuit, winning titles on five continents and securing a world ranking as high as No. 13 in 1969.
As head coach at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga from 1974 to 1978, Tym started the varsity women’s program and guided her teams to two AIAW Small College National Championships. Appointed director of tennis at Yale in 1978, she coached the nationally ranked women’s team for four years and won the Ivy Championships in 1981. Tym returned to UT to take up a distinguished teaching career in the Geography Department, maintaining her involvement in athletics as an active horsewoman and gold medalist in the National Senior Olympics.

Career Highlights


    B.A., University of Florida (Phi Beta Kappa) 1964; M.A. 1966; Ford Foundation Fellow
    Founder, women’s tennis team, University of Florida 1960; team captain and No. 1 player 1960-64
    Played in all four Grand Slams and other major international championships 1964-1970
    Canadian Doubles and Mixed Doubles Champion 1964
    Won national titles in Kenya, Morocco, Israel, Egypt, Finland, Ireland, Greece, Wales,
    New Zealand, India
    U.S. Public Parks Singles Champion 1969
    Ranked No. 13 in the world 1969
    Monthly contributor to World Tennis, Tennis, Smash and ADDvantage magazines 1962-74
    USPTA Singles and Doubles Champion 1972
    Head Women’s Tennis Coach, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 1974-78
    AIAW Small College National Champions 1977, 1978; State Champions 1974-78
    Director of Tennis and Head Women’s Tennis Coach, Yale University 1978-82; team ranked in top 20 nationally
    Ivy League Champions 1980-81 (tie), 1981-82; HYP Champions 1981-82
    National Coach of the Dominican Republic 1972; trained teams for Pan American Games
    National Coach of El Salvador 1979
    Coach, USTA Junior Team, French Open 1980
    Coach, World University Games, Edmonton, Canada 1983
    USPTA Coach of the Year 1978; USPTA Master Professional (highest ranking)
    Outstanding Professor Award, UTC 1989
    Travel grants to China 1992; Japan 2006
    Gold Medalist in table tennis singles and doubles, Silver Medalist in badminton mixed doubles, Bronze Medalist in table tennis mixed doubles, National Senior Olympics 2005
    Gold Medalist in badminton singles, National State Games 2005
    Inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame 1981
    Inducted into the Peoria Sports Hall of Fame 1988
    Inducted into the Peoria High School
    Athletic Hall of Fame 2002
    Coach Honoree, Yale Team honored in 2006 for having the best tennis record in Yale’s history
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