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.
A two-time West Region assistant coach of the year, Chau has helped the Pioneers ascend into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national rankings and remain there annually. In 2017-18, both the men's and women's programs were ranked in the top 30 and neither has finished a regular season outside of the rankings since the 2014-15 academic year.
In 2016, Chau was the team’s primary assistant coach as the women's team won the 2016 Northwest Conference championship, Lewis & Clark's first since 1979. Chau has also coached multiple All-Americans, most recently during the 2016-17 season.
The Pioneers men's program has also flourished with Chau on the staff. 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.
A native to Portland, Chau competed 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 coaches at various camps around the area, teaches classes and co-directs Nike Tennis Camps held at Lewis & Clark.