Lama Receives Distinguished Service Award From Alma Mater

Oct. 9, 2017

DECORAH, Iowa — North Texas head tennis coach Sujay Lama received one of Luther College’s highest honors Friday night.

The 1992 graduate was presented with the Luther Distinguished Service Award at the university’s Alumni Dinner.

The Distinguished Service Award is given in recognition of success and achievement in professional fields, service to society, contributions to community and loyalty and service to Luther.

Lama earned a double major in political science and public communication from Luther. 

Upon graduation, Lama served as a senior professional for Van Der Meer Tennis at Hilton Head, South Carolina, until 1995. He was an assistant women's tennis coach at the University of Florida from 1995-98, where he was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's South Region National Assistant Coach of the Year in 1997. From 1998-2006, Lama was the head women's tennis coach at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. He produced an overall record of 108-84, with a Big Ten mark of 60-34. His team was named ITA All-Academic all eight seasons, advancing to the NCAA team tournament five times. They finished in the top-five in all eight campaigns. 

Of course, since 2006, Lama has been the head women's tennis coach in Denton. He has an overall mark of 139-113 at North Texas. The Mean Green were the Sun Belt Conference champions in 2010, 2012 and 2013. Lama was named the conference’s Coach of the Year each of those three seasons. He was the Professional Tennis Registry National College Coach of the Year in 2013 and United States Professional Tennis Association Texas Collegiate Coach of the Year for 2009 and 2014.

Lama is the founder and director of the charity organization Project Nepal, which provides funds for schools of poor and orphaned children for his home country of Nepal. 

He was inducted into the Luther College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002.



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