A Hall of Fame athlete and accomplished tennis coach from McMinnville High School, Lisa Macy-Baker begins her fifth year as co-head coach of the Linfield women's tennis program.
In 2017, she and co-coach Carl Swanson guided Linfield to its first Northwest Conference championship since 2008.
Considered one of the top women’s programs in the NWC, the Wildcats have won seven NWC titles and secured four invitations to the NCAA Division III regional playoffs over the past 14 seasons.
Prior to joining Linfield, Macy-Baker coached girls tennis for four seasons at McMinnville High School, leading the Grizzlies to a 51-20 dual match record, a district and league tournament title, and a fifth-place finish at the Oregon Class 6A state championship tournament in 2010.
She also taught special education in the McMinnville School District since 2006, first at McMinnville High School and more recently as special education case manager at Duniway Middle School.
Macy-Baker served similar roles at Bend’s Mountain View High School while also leading the Bend Metro Parks and Recreation District’s youth tennis summer program.
Her coaching career began as junior varsity girls tennis coach at McMinnville High School in 2002.
A star athlete at McMinnville High in the mid-1990s, Macy-Baker lettered four seasons in both basketball and tennis. A point guard on the basketball court, she was a four-time all-conference and three-time conference most valuable player for the Grizzlies, concluding her career as the school’s career leader in points, steals and assists. In tennis, she competed at the Oregon state tournament all four seasons, and was a two-time district doubles champion.
After receiving her diploma from MHS in 1994, Macy-Baker earned a full-ride scholarship to play basketball at Oregon State University. Though she competed with the Beavers for just one season, Macy-Baker went on to graduate with honors from OSU in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in general science. She later completed a master’s degree in special education at Portland State University in 2002.
Lisa and her husband, Ron, live in McMinnville with their two daughters, Cameron (6) and Eleanor (1).