Yolanda Duron enters her seventh season as as La Verne's head tennis coach.
In 2014 -- Duron's fifth year in charge -- La Verne posted the best season in program history. The Leopards appeared in the NCAA National Championships for the first time in program history after going 16-6 while defeating seven nationally ranked teams in the regular season. La Verne achieved its highest Intercollegiate Tennis Associaion (ITA) national ranking at No. 14 and Andrea Madrigal, Laina Matsuda and Jeanette Losaria also became the first All-Americans in school history.
For her and her team's accomplishments, Duron was named the 2014 Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year.
In 2015, Duron guided Matsuda and Etchegary all the way to the semifinal of the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Doubles Tournament. The duo's two wins were La Verne's first ever wins at an NCAA National Championship tournament. Matsuda, Etchegaray and Madrigal were named All-Americans at the end of the season.
After a successful stint at Mt. San Jacinto College, where she won the 2009 Foothill Conference Coach of the Year award, Duron inherited a La Verne team that went 3–16 in 2008. In the four seasons prior, the team had won a total of nine matches.
Duron and the Leopards have made tremendous strides since then.
After implementing a new training program for the four-week fall season, she also added weight lifting to support the athletes’ physical development. Additionally, a significant travel opportunity was included on each year’s schedule to foster team bonding and to expose her players to new environments. In her second year, Duron instituted a mentorship program providing immediate leadership opportunities to returning student-athletes, while also giving incoming students an ally on the team.
Although the results were measured at first, the Leopards began to show steady improvement — increasing the win total in each of their first five seasons. La Verne won six matches in 2010 — Duron’s first year in charge — and seven in 2011. In the following season, the Leopards got to the .500 mark (10–10) for the first time in recent memory, and in 2013, La Verne won six matches in its first seven meetings en route to a 13–8–1 finish.
Additionally she served as assistant men's and women's tennis coach at both Division II Cal Poly Pomona (2005-08) and Division I Temple (2004-05). She began her collegiate coaching career at alma mater Drexel University in 2002, serving as assistant men's and women's tennis coach for one season.
Duron is a former Divison I player at Drexel where she was team captain as well as an America East All-Conference selection in 2001. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Drexel in 2003 while earning her Master's Degree in Kinesiology from Cal State Fullerton in 2008.
She is affiliated with both the United States Tennis Association (USTA), the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA).