Jessica Failla, Alex Letzt and Rianna Valdes sign letters of intent to join the Women of Troy.
Trojan great comes back to Troy as a volunteer assistant coach.
USC men stand at No. 4 and women are No. 5 in the land.
Gabrielle Smith and Madison Westby have signed on for USC women's tennis.
Gallien is the regional Coach of the Year; Lao is the regional Senior Player of the Year.
10 Top-10 Finishes 18 Top-20 Finishes 4-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year 19 NCAA Appearances
Now entering his 20th season at Troy, USC women's tennis head coach Richard Gallien has strung together 19 straight NCAA appearances for his Women of Troy, 18 top-20 team rankings, seven trips to the NCAA Quarterfinals and two to the NCAA Semifinals. Under Gallien's watch, USC has finished in the top-20 for the past 17 years, and has 10 top-10 finishes in that span. Since 2005, four Women of Troy have been named conference Player of the Year, and Trojan doubles teams have been honored as Doubles Team of the Year three times.
A four-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year and three-time ITA Region Coach of the Year -- the most recent honors having come last season for 2013 -- Gallien has compiled a 342-141 (.708) overall record at USC while holding a career record of 404-165 (.710) in his 22 seasons as a head coach, including three years with the Pepperdine men's program [Due to NCAA penalty, 7 wins left undecided and 1 win became a loss; Original USC record: 350-140 (.715) and original career total: 412-164 (.716)].
Last season, Gallien guided the Women of Troy back to the NCAA Tournament in spite of a roster thinned by injury. USC captured a third consecutive Pac-12 Doubles Championship with Kaitlyn Christian and Giuliana Olmos' winning run to the title, and Zoë Scandalis worked her way into the Pac-12 Singles final. The 2014 Trojans finished 18-8 overall in their run to the NCAA Round of 16, where they pushed top-ranked host Georgia to the limit.
The 2013 Trojans went undefeated in Pac-12 play to win a second straight conference title. USC swept the top Pac-12 awards with Sabrina Santamaria named Player of the Year and Doubles Team of the Year with teammate Kaitlyn Christian, while Gallien earned his fourth selection as Pac-12 Coach of the Year. Christian and Santamaria would go on to win the 2013 NCAA Doubles Championship, and USC finished 23-3 overall with a run to the NCAA Round of 16.
In 2012, Gallien and the Women of Troy won a share of the Pac-12 Championship, finishing 8-1 in conference play before making a run to the NCAA Semifinals, thanks to a quarterfinal win over Stanford. The 24-4 finish for USC had the Trojans ranked No. 4 in the nation for USC's highest final ranking since 2006. Gallien's 2009 Women of Troy had snapped a 23-year losing streak to the Cardinal to get USC honors as outright Pac-10 Champions and help secure Gallien's third selection as the Pac-10 Coach of the Year as well as an eventual pick as the ITA West Region Coach of the Year. Gallien also saw Amanda Fink become the second Trojan to win the Pac-10 Singles Championship with her run to the title in 2009.
Under Gallien's guidance in 2007, Lindsey Nelson won USC's first Pac-10 Singles Championship and went on to make her second straight trip to the NCAA singles final -- the first time in program history a USC player has made back-to-back appearances in the final. In 2006, Gallien's USC squad worked its way into the NCAA Semifinals, where the Trojans fell to Miami in a match that was interrupted by rain and resumed the next day. USC finished with a 21-4 overall record and wound up ranked No. 3 at season's close with Gallien named Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
Gallien was named the 2003 ITA West Region Coach of the Year after leading the squad to the ITA's No. 1 ranking for three weeks midseason, marking the first time USC had held the top spot since 1985. The Trojans also finished with the program's best overall record (22-6) in 15 years. Armed with four seniors, the team finished the season ranked No. 5 after advancing to the NCAA Quarterfinals.
In 2001, the Women of Troy made a third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals. USC earned a No. 8 final national ranking with a 20-8 overall record.
The 1999 season marked Gallien's first appearance at the NCAA Quarterfinals. The Women of Troy went 21-9 overall and finished 7-1 in the Pac-10, while Gallien was honored as the Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year. Their second-place finish was USC's best since 1990, and the team's 21 wins, at that time, were the program's most in 12 seasons.
Gallien's career at Troy began in the 1995-96 season as he led the Women of Troy to a 16-9 overall record and 4-6 mark in the Pac-10 Southern Division. At that time, USC's 16 wins were its most since 1990. The following year, the 1997 Trojans were overwhelmed by injuries and finished the season with a 10-16 overall record and 0-10 finish in the Pac-10. The 1998 Trojans, despite still being plagued by injuries throughout the year, garnered a winning record at 13-11 and went 3-5 in the Pac-10 for sixth place.
Prior to coming to USC, Gallien spent 11 years at Pepperdine as a player, assistant coach and co-head coach. Gallien began his coaching career on the men's side as an assistant to Pepperdine head coach Allen Fox from 1985-87, where the Waves finished second in the nation in 1986. Gallien then became Pepperdine's co-head coach with Fox for three seasons (1988-90) and helped guide the Waves to a 62-24 mark. His 1988 and 1990 squads played in the NCAA Tournament and Wave Robby Weiss won the 1988 NCAA singles crown.
Gallien left Pepperdine in 1990 to become the head professional at the Los Angeles Tennis Club and later entered private business for two years (1993-94) before returning to Pepperdine as an assistant for one season in 1995. During his four-year (1980-83) playing career at Pepperdine, Gallien twice earned All-American honors (1982-83) and his teams went 81-21 and advanced to the NCAAs each year. The 1982 Wave squad was the NCAA runner-up. He won 60 dual-match singles matches during his career and qualified three times in both singles and doubles for the NCAA Championships. In 1983, Gallien won a gold medal in singles at the World University Games. He spent 1984 playing professional tennis. As a prep at Verdugo Hills High in Tujunga (Calif.), Gallien was named the Los Angeles City Player of the Year as a 1979 senior. Gallien, 50, earned his bachelor's degree in organizational communications from Pepperdine in 1985. He also has served as a part-time color analyst for FOX Sports West.
He and his wife, Lisa, currently reside in the South Bay with their daughters, Leah and Ava.