A CENTURY OF COMMITMENT TO NOTRE DAME (video)
As part of the Monogram Club’s ongoing 100th anniversary celebration, some of the Club’s many connections to each Notre Dame program are being highlighted. This latest installment of the “Monogram Club Turns 100” series looks at how the Monogram Club and the Fighting Irish men’s tennis program have been connected throughout the years.
Men’s Tennis Monogram Moments
The Notre Dame men’s tennis program was established in 1923.
After losing the first four matches in the program’s inaugural varsity season, the 1924 team (pictured) registered the first victory with a 2-0 triumph over Wabash College.
The Fighting Irish won the NCAA championship in 1944 and 1959.
1944 National Champions
1959 National Champions
Three men’s tennis Monogram winners have served on the Monogram Club Board of Directors:
Dr. Dennis Nigro (’69) 1994-97
Tad Eckert (’94) 1997-2000 (below left)
Christopher Kane (’75) 2001-04 (below right)
Dr. Dennis Nigro (‘69) received the Monogram Club’s Moose Krause Distinguished Service Award in 1994. The Moose Krause Award is the Monogram Club’s highest honor and it’s presented annually to one Club member.
Tom Fallon (’42) served as head coach of the Notre Dame men’s tennis program from 1957-87. He received an honorary Monogram in 1984.
Bobby Bayliss was head coach of the Fighting Irish men’s tennis team from 1987-2013. Bayliss became an honorary member of the Monogram Club in 1993.
Ryan Sachire (‘00) earned four Monograms during his All-America career at Notre Dame and he took over as head coach of the program in 2013. Sachire spoke at the Monogram Club’s pre-game reception prior to football’s showdown with Northwestern in 2014 (below).
David DiLucia (‘92) was named the men’s tennis program’s Monogram Club Team MVP all four of his seasons (1989-92). DiLucia is the only player in program history to earn All-America honors five times.
Sean Corrigan (‘10) (left) and Blas Moros (‘13) (right) are two of the many men’s tennis Monogram winners who have been involved with the Club’s Monogram Career Network.
Tyler Davis (’11) received the Monogram Club Postgraduate Scholarship in 2011. The Club annually awards a $5,000 stipend to a graduating male and female student-athlete.
Thanks to the Monogram Club’s team-hosting program, the men’s tennis team attended the Notre Dame-Navy football game in Ireland in 2012. The tennis squad was in Ireland competing in an exhibition match against members of the Irish Davis Cup team.
The latest group of men’s tennis Monogram winners at last fall’s Monogram Jacket Ceremony.