Lisa Macy-Baker, a Hall of Fame athlete and accomplished tennis coach from McMinnville High School, joins the Linfield coaching staff. She replaces Amy Dames Smith, who accepted a new position as Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance and Academics at Concordia University of Portland.
Macy-Baker assumes leadership of one of the top women’s tennis programs in the Northwest Conference. In the span of 10 seasons, Dames Smith led the Wildcats to six NWC titles and three invitations to the NCAA Division III regional playoffs.
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 has 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 2-year-old daughter, Cameron.