Honor a Legend: Tish Loveless

Tish LovelessTish Loveless spent 33 years at Kalamazoo College as director of women’s athletics and professor of physical education. It was a different environment when Coach Loveless joined the K family, and she left it greatly changed when she retired in 1986. In 1953, there were no women’s sports at K. One-by-one, Coach Loveless brought women’s tennis, field hockey, archery and swimming to campus and was a mentor and inspiration to many female student athletes. The hard work of pioneers like Coach Loveless opened opportunities for Hornet female athletes. She was the most successful coach of woman’s teams in the MIAA history with a total of 28 league championships: 23 in tennis, four in archery and one in field hockey. Coach Loveless was also the director of the National Women’s Collegiate Tennis Championships.

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