Maria Lopez was named Barry University women’s tennis program’s first full-time assistant coach in October 2012.
Lopez joined the women’s tennis staff at Barry in 2010-11 after a stellar career with the Buccaneers from 2000-04. She is responsible for on-court coaching, player development, recruiting and administrative duties.
In 2013, Lopez was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Assistant Coach of the Year for the second straight year. She helped coach the Bucs to a 27-1 record and appearance in the NCAA quarterfinals, where Barry fell to eventual champ Armstrong Atlantic, 5-3. Lopez helped improve the team's doubles play, and freshmen Elisabeth Abanda and Emma Onila received All-American honors as a duo.
In 2012, Lopez was named the ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year. Barry went 26-1, advancing to the NCAA Division II semifinals before bowing out, 5-2, to eventual champion Armstrong Atlantic. She helped coach three All-Americans, Cristina Valladares, Linda Fritschken and Mona Mansour, and an Academic All-American, Julie Stas, as the Bucs rolled through the regular season unbeaten.
In 2011, Lopez assisted the Buccaneers in their run to the NCAA Championship. The Bucs went 26-1, beating Lynn, 5-3, to win the national title. Barbi Pocza was named the Division II National Player of the Year.
Lopez helped the Bucs to a 91-24 record as a player at Barry and three No. 3 final season rankings in 2001, 2002 and 2003. She was a two-time All-American, winning the award in 2001 and 2002. In addition, she was a three-time All-Sunshine State Conference selection.
Lopez finished her career ranked ninth all-time in school history with 57 wins in singles. She finished her career with a .655 winning percentage. She ranked third all-time in doubles with 73 wins.
A native of Valencia, Venezuela, Lopez earned a bachelor’s degree in electronic commerce and a master’s degree in sport managament from Barry.