Godfree Steps Down as Tennis Coach

Godfree Steps Down as Tennis Coach

LOS ANGELES — Occidental men's and women's tennis head coach Ghia Godfree will step down as Oxy's leader to follow her passion in creative writing, Oxy Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Jaime Hoffman announced on Tuesday.

Godfree coached both the men's and women's teams for two seasons. Both teams earned several academic honors while competing in the nationally competitive SCIAC.

"It was a tough decision because I love my student-athletes and I know they will have great success on and off the courts this year," Godfree said.

A search for Godfree's replacement is currently underway. Godfree will stick around in a limited capacity to teach her popular cardio tennis class. 

"Ghia has long been a terrific member of the Oxy community and while we are sad to see her go, we wish her luck in all of her future ambitions," Hoffman said. "She was a great leader and mentor to our players and she will always be a Tiger."

Godfree's mother Lynda Lyke has been an art professor at Occidental since 1977 and also serves as one the athletic department's faculty athletic representatives. Her father Michael coached rugby at Oxy for more than 30 years and she grew up attending longtime tennis and men's basketball head coach Brian Newhall's summer tennis camps. 

Godfree was a standout tennis, soccer and softball player at Westridge School for Girls in Pasadena, CA. She chose to play softball at Harvard, helping lead the Crimson to their first two Ivy League Championships as a team captain. After graduating, Godfree coached high school tennis at Mayfield for four years and earned a Ph.D in Critical Studies from the University of Southern California.

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