After graduating from Sonoma State University (SSU), Lisa accepted a graduate assistantship at Washington State University. While in Pullman, Lisa completed her master’s in physical education, taught physical education classes, coached tennis, and worked in campus recreation and adult fitness. Returning to Division II SSU, she served as an assistant coach in both volleyball and tennis and taught physical education classes. A year later, Lisa took over as head coach of women’s tennis and began her head coaching career.
Following three years at SSU, Lisa accepted the position of head coach of women’s tennis, assistant coach of women’s volleyball and instructor of physical education at Pomona College. She served as the head coach of women’s tennis for 11 years, winning seven SCIAC championships and seven NCAA championships. In 1992, she and her team earned the Triple Crown of tennis when they won the NCAA team championship, singles championship and doubles championships.