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Bill Zaima
Position: Volunteer Assistant Coach
Experience: 38 Years

Former head coach Bill Zaima is in his 38th season with the UCLA women's tennis program and 21st as a volunteer assistant coach. In addition to the past 11 years, Zaima was also a volunteer assistant coach from 1977-85. His latest term as volunteer assistant began in 2000, as he returned after serving as a development officer in the UCLA Student Affairs Office for three years.

Zaima, who guided the Bruins to a national championship in 1981, announced his retirement at the end of the 1996 season after 16 years as UCLA's head coach. In those 16 seasons (1972-76, 1986-96), Zaima compiled an impressive 245-90 (.731) overall record, guiding the Bruins to nine top 5 finishes, including two trips to the NCAA Championship Final (1989 and '91).

In 1991, his team upset undefeated Florida in the NCAA Semifinals, earning a berth in the championship match for the second time in three years. That season, he was selected Pac-10 Coach of the Year and was an ITCA National Coach of the Year finalist.

In addition to his numerous team accomplishments, Zaima has helped coach 36 different players to a total of 68 All-America honors. In 1995, he helped UCLA sweep the individual honors at the NCAA Championships. That season, Keri Phebus won the singles title and teamed with Susie Starrett to claim the NCAA doubles crown. During his time as head coach, a total of six Bruin players have won individual NCAA titles.

Zaima is also responsible for establishing the UCLA women's tennis support group, the Bruin Aces.

A 1969 graduate of UCLA with a degree in political science, Zaima also holds an M.S. degree in recreational administration from Cal State Los Angeles. Zaima resides in Valencia with his wife Carole, who is also a UCLA graduate and school administrator.

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