|Alma Mater:||USC, 1980|
In the past 32 years, Sheila McInerney has seen a vast amount of change at Arizona State, from new athletic directors, new head coaches, schools added to the conference, and numerous renovations to athletic facilities. Through the countless changes across Arizona State, McInerney has continued to lead the women’s tennis program in a successful direction heading into her 32nd season.
In Arizona State’s history, no coach has the amount of accolades that Sheila McInerney has accumulated during her 32-year tenure as a Sun Devil. Since her first season as head coach in 1985, Sun Devil women’s tennis has won 463 matches, advanced to 30 of 31 NCAA Tournaments, including 28 straight, and has finished each season in the top 38 nationally. That’s the second most wins by any Arizona State coach in school history.
In recent years, Arizona State’s tennis program has continued to thrive on and off the court. On the court, the Sun Devils have 63 wins against ranked opponents since 2008. Leading the way for the tennis program have been 42 All-Americans and 40 All-Pac-12 student-athletes. Of these integral players in Arizona State’s history, there have been 39 players ranked in the Top 50 of the singles season-end ranking and 20 in the Top 25 of the doubles season-end ranking.
In the classroom, McInerney has recruited bright student-athletes. She has had four Academic All-Americans, 39 ITA Scholar-Athletes (since 2002), and 79 Academic All-Pac 12 student-athletes (since 1991). Of those 43 ITA Scholar-Athletes, four were named in 2015 – Alexandra Osborne, Aubria Solares, Gussie O'Sullivan and Kassidy Jump. Her players have had majors such as Bioscience, Business Management, Criminal Justice and Criminology, English, Journalism, Kinesiology, Marketing, Political Science, and Sociology.
McInerney has also been fundamental in helping players’ development to reach high achievements in the NCAA. Among the achievements include Jacqueline Cako named Arizona State Female Athlete of the Year (2013), Michelle Brycki awarded Cissie Leary ITA National Sportsmanship Award (2012), Kelcy McKenna selected as the Pac-12 Post-Graduate Scholar (2011), four singles and four doubles All-Americans since 2009, 14 players ranked in the singles season-end ranking and seven doubles teams ranked in the doubles season-end ranking since 2009.
Prior to coming to Arizona State, McInerney served as assistant women's tennis coach at the University of Southern California during the 1983-84 season, in which the Trojans were NCAA finalists. In addition to her success as a collegiate coach, McInerney has traveled with various USTA junior and national teams. At the 1986 Goodwill Games, McInerney coached the team to gold and silver medals. In 1987, she led the U.S. Pan American Games doubles squad to a gold medal.
McInerney attended USC, where she captained the Trojans during her senior season. The four-time All-American also was a four-time Trojan Spirit Award winner, as voted by her teammates. The Trojans won three national championships during McInerney's collegiate career, and she was the national collegiate doubles runner-up three times and a singles semifinalist in 1977. McInerney collected a half-dozen USTA national titles and was a member of the 1977-80 USTA Junior Federation Cup team. As a professional, she played on the major international tour, earning a world ranking in the top 75. McInerney competed at three grand slam venues -- Wimbledon, French Open and the U.S. Open where she reached the round of 32. She also served a short term as assistant pro at the highly acclaimed L.A. Tennis Club.
McInerney earned a bachelor's degree in public relations from the University of Southern California in 1980. A member of the Dean's List at USC, she won the USC Postgraduate Scholarship Award, the USC Junior Student-Athlete and Senior Student-Athlete awards.
McInerney Dual Meet Record at Arizona State
*NCAA Round of 16