PCHS girls’ tennis receives honor
June 18, 2010
She wouldn’t be the one to tell she doesn’t like the attention but local tennis pro and Park City High School (PCHS) girls’ tennis coach Lori Sherbeck-McMahon is a great tennis player. Fullerton College acknowledged that fact by inducting her into the Fullerton College Athletic 2010 Hall of Fame in May.
At first McMahon downplayed the honor "I didn’t realize it was going to be a big deal," said McMahon, but quickly she realized it was a special occasion. "I got down there and it was a huge dinner and awards banquet, and it was cool to be involved in [the ceremony]."
McMahon attended Fullerton College in 1973 where she was ranked nationally as a junior college player, winning the California state title and placing fifth nationally in women’s collegiate tennis that year, before being offered a full tennis scholarship to the University of Utah.
McMahon played professionally on the Avon Pro Circuit and made it to the U.S. Open in New York City in 1978, playing mixed doubles with former pro Jim Osborne.
"That was probably one of my top [tennis moments], going to the U.S. Open, and playing, seeing New York, because I had never been to New York," she said of the experience.
After getting married and settling in Park City, McMahon began coaching the PCHS girls team. She is approaching her 13th year with the team, which has fared well under her leadership.
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"We’ve done pretty well. We’ve always taken second or third at state, which is [good] for a small town. The teams that have taken first are from St. George year-round schools."
She coached her daughter Ali, who was the No. 1 singles player for four years at PCHS and received a full-ride tennis scholarship to the University of San Francisco where she just finished her sophomore year. Ali helps her mother coach when she visits Park City. Her son Sam is a junior at PCHS and is the No. 2 varsity singles player.
McMahon credits her mother Donna for her love of the game and said she followed her example, taking a open approach to encouraging her kids to play the sport.
"She had such a passion and a love for it and she made it fun. You know, it wasn’t work. If we wanted to go out and play, she’d take us out. She didn’t demand that we go out to the courts and play; we wanted to."