Jimmy Chau was named the head coach in the summer of 2018 after starting his tenure as an assistant in 2005. Overall, the 2018-19 season is his 14th on the coaching staff.
Since 2015, Chau has been named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association West Region Assistant Coach of the Year twice, most recently following the 2017-18 season. Also the 2014-15 winner, Chau has helped rebuild the Pioneers into a regional and national contender, coaching four different All-Americans, multiple Northwest Conference Player of the Year winners and numerous All-NWC award winners. Academics has always been a priority for Chau and it shows with many of Lewis & Clark's teams earning ITA All-Academic Team distinctions as well. Chau is a USPTA-certified tennis professional and part of the USTA/PNW Coaches Commission.
With Chau on the staff, the women's team won the NWC championship in 2016, the Pios' first since 1979, that highlighted a stretch that included three NWC Championship final appearances. During his time at Lewis & Clark, Chau helped lead the women’s tennis program to an all-time high national ranking of No. 18 and regional ranking of No. 3.
The Pioneers men's program has also flourished during Chau's tenure. The Pios qualified for the NWC Championship final in both 2017 and 2018, something the program had never done before. Lewis & Clark also ended Whitman's nearly decadelong NWC undefeated streak in 2017. Seniors Brenden Barrows and Gordon Barrows were selected the Joe Huston Male Athlete of the Year award winners at the 2018 ELCYS (Excellence in Lewis & Clark's Year of Sports).
Since the ELCYS began in 2016, a tennis program has earned the Team of the Year award with the women winning in the inaugural year followed by back-to-back honors for the men. Natalie Kelly was named the Mary Hunter Female Multi-Sport Athlete of the Year in 2018.
A native to Portland, Chau competed at the varsity level for the tennis program at Lewis & Clark for three seasons (his fourth year was spent overseas) and was named the captain and MVP during his senior season in 2001. He was selected as an ITA Scholar-Athlete All-American while playing for the Pioneers and graduated with Delta Mu Delta honors in Business and Economics.
Outside of his team coaching duties, Chau runs Rip City Tennis, teaches classes and directs Nike Tennis Camps held at Lewis & Clark.