At long last, Lin Loring is retiring, after 44 years as the IU women’s tennis coach. He has more wins than any other coach in the history of the sport.
The remarkable thing, though, is that in 44 years, every one, EVERY ONE, of his players has graduated. A 100% graduation rate. Nobody does that. But Loring did.
True, tennis players are more likely to come from a background where academic success is expected, far more than, say, football players. But if you were a coach, do you think you could get every one of your players over 44 years into Assembly Hall in a cap and gown?
He’s old now. Not by my standards. I think of him as a youngster. But by coaching standards. He coached four years at UCSB before coming to IU. 48 years is a long career.
There’s no particular moral here. Just an awareness of something special. I don’t know Loring, but I am impressed each time I think of how clear his vision of success must have been, to achieve that remarkable graduation rate.