Notre Dame men's tennis coach position endowed

IRISH STEW

ND Insider Staff
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Notre Dame graduate Dr. John J. Callaghan and his wife, Kim, have made a $3 million gift to the university to endow the men’s tennis head coaching position, the university announced Tuesday. 

The first Callaghan Family Head Men’s Tennis Coach is Ryan Sachire, now in his third year leading the Irish. 

John Callaghan is a 1976 Notre Dame graduate. A joint replacement surgeon and researcher, Callaghan holds a chair in hip and knee reconstruction in the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine and also is a professor of biomechanical engineering at the university. He graduated from Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago. 

Kim Callaghan is a volunteer and earned her radiologic technology certificate from the University of Iowa in 1978. 

Sachire, a former standout at ND, joined the coaching staff as an assistant in 2006 and was named head coach in 2013. In his first season, he led the Irish to a No. 13 national ranking. 

Notre Dame’s Alex Lawson prepares Sunday to return a shot against Mississippi in the second Round of the 2014 NCAA Division I tennis championships as his No. 1 doubles partner Greg Andrews looks on. (Tribune File Photo)